Psalm 5

(2006, Brian Standing, 2 minutes)

Nicaraguan poet, sculptor and liberation theology priest Ernesto Cardenal reads his classic poem “Psalm 5,” a searing indictment of government lies and war.

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Ernesto Cardenal is a towering figure in Nicaraguan politics, literature, religion and art. One of the founders of liberation theology, Nicaraguan Minister of Culture under the Sandinista government, and Nobel Prize nominee in literature, Cardenal continues to live and work in Managua. In this 2006 footage, the 81-year old Roman Catholic priest, sculptor and revolutionary reads his classic poem “Psalm 5.”

“Psalm 5” rewrites the familiar song from the Old Testament into a searing indictment of war, propaganda and goverment lies. Originally written in 1967, “Psalm 5” is as note-perfect today as it was forty years ago.

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