They are hiding here on earth

Inevitable but sad news, reprinted from Tom Dispatch, 17 April 2015.

On Monday, Eduardo Galeano died of cancer. Tom was his U.S. book editor for years and considers him one of the greats of our age. His work appeared repeatedly at TomDispatch. Here’s a tiny tribute to him:

Eduardo Galeano ended his history of everything, Mirrors, with these lines, “In my childhood, I was convinced that everything that went astray on earth ended up on the moon. But the astronauts found no sign of dangerous dreams or broken promises or hopes betrayed. If not on the moon, where might they be? Perhaps they were never misplaced. Perhaps they are in hiding here on earth. Waiting.”

I hope that, like the betrayed dreams he spent his lifetime recording and the voices of the bold and the oppressed that he retrieved so movingly from the discard pile of mainstream history to inspire the rest of us, Galeano, who just died, is still in hiding somewhere on earth, or even on the moon, waiting.