A poem to Abdullah Öcalan to mark the 44th anniversary of the PKK
Political activist Estella Schmid wrote a poem to Abdullah Öcalan to mark the 44th anniversary of the PKK.
Activist Estella Schmid wrote a poem to Abdullah Öcalan to mark the 44th anniversary of the PKK on 27 November 2022.
A poem to Abdullah Öcalan
You taught me
what is inevitable in life
for new life to grow: it’s a tiny
sun whose roots I’ll have to water well
and encourage it to deploy
its own attack against the weeds.
Tiny, wretched bread of solidarity, a banner against the cold, fresh water for the blood;
maternal elements that should not stray far
from the heart.
Against melancholy, trust; against
the voice of the people
rattling the windows of the secret house.
set the motion:
the ancient duties of fighters and liberators
now become our obligations
and are out and about measuring our steps:
from breakfast to sleep,
from stealth to stealth,
from action to action
from life to life.
Estella Schmid is a political activist. Since the mid 1980s she has been active in campaigns in solidarity with the Kurdish people’s struggle for self-determination and worked in cooperation with the Kurdish freedom movement.
She is the Co-Founder of the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign (1994) and the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC, 2001).
She was also a co-founder of the first Kurdish solidarity campaign in the UK, the Kurdistan Solidarity Committee in 1989 and the Kurdistan Information Centre 1991; her other initiatives have included the Ilisu Dam Campaign (1997) and the Refugee Project (2003).
Estella studied philosophy, history and theatre at the university in Vienna. She has worked as a director, producer and playwright with theatre companies in Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, New York and London. She has lived in London since 1974.