Friday, August 8, 2008

8/8/08 - South Ossetia

It looks like another regional conflict has escalated and is taking on global proportions. Here's to the new edition of the cold war, which never really stopped.

The War Works Hard
by Dunya Mikhail
Translated by Elizabeth Winslow

How magnificent the war is!



How eager



and efficient!



Early in the morning



it wakes up the sirens



and dispatches ambulances



to various places



swings corpses through the air



rolls stretchers to the wounded



summons rain



from the eyes of mothers



digs into the earth



dislodging many things



from under the ruins...



Some are lifeless and glistening



others are pale and still throbbing...



It produces the most questions



in the minds of children



entertains the gods



by shooting fireworks and missiles



into the sky



sows mines in the fields



and reaps punctures and blisters



urges families to emigrate



stands beside the clergymen



as they curse the devil



(poor devil, he remains



with one hand in the searing fire)...



The war continues working, day and night.



It inspires tyrants



to deliver long speeches



awards medals to generals



and themes to poets



it contributes to the industry



of artificial limbs



provides food for flies



adds pages to the history books



achieves equality



between killer and killed



teaches lovers to write letters



accustoms young women to waiting



fills the newspapers



with articles and pictures



builds new houses



for the orphans



invigorates the coffin makers



gives grave diggers



a pat on the back



and paints a smile on the leader's face.



It works with unparalleled diligence!



Yet no one gives it



a word of praise.





Copyright © 2005 by Dunya Mikhail and Elizabeth Winslow. From The War Works Hard. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing.

1 comment:

Carlos Luis DeMedeiros said...

somebody likes the profits of it.
somebody needs feel: I'm the king of the castle...
nobody come close to my things!

nothing new under the sun
only a lot more of son of bitches
growing in number using fear as a shield to justified another conflict.