Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 10, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Humanity

by Johan Andreas der Mouw (1863 – 1919).

 

Humanity

 

You’re in a cell. A stay has been denied.

You know the place, the date and time you’ll be

put down. They’ll say that you were fairly tried.

 

You may be innocent. The penalty,

however, stands. Tough shit. You will have said                  5

your last goodbyes to all your family.

 

Your final meal is ordered. You’ll be fed.

You’re guilty? Then be happy. You won’t face

the extra anguish. Time. You will be led

 

onto the chair, let’s say. The blood will race                       10

through all your veins. The meal will boil inside.

Your muscles will contract as if to brace

 

for impact. People will cry out: “(S)He’s fried!”,

not knowing what, but only who has died.

 

(transl. by Remco van der Zwaag)

 

Notes:

http://www.geocities.com/remcovdz/DerMouw_intro.html

http://www.alltheanswers.com/content_biography/johan-andreas-der-mouw.html

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: