Ben Linder, juggling for peace

A Song for Ben Linder

U.S. Volunteer killed by the Contras
while working to electrify El CUA

by Nina Serrano

A Song for Ben Linder, from Heart's Journey

A Song for Ben Linder, from Heart’s Journey

From Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1970-1999

Ben Ben
You turned on the light
The town shining so bright
for the very first time
Oh Ben Linder
You watched all alone
so far from your home
to get the job done

Ben Ben
Changing wind and water to light
Making endless day of darkest night
People soared with the sight
Oh spirit of light
You lived to be free
so that others could be
Juggled with creativity
Bringing forth electricity
From darkness to light
Changing wrongs to right
We carry on your fight
til the dawn of pure light
on earth as it is in heaven

Ben Ben
Spirit of light
Making endless day of darkest night

About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.comor contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

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