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The drum of war thunders and thunders It cal

The drum of war thunders and thunders.
It calls thrust iron into the living.
From every country
slave after slave
are thrown onto bayonet steel.
For the sake of what?
The earth shivers
hungry
and stripped.
Mankind is vapourised in a blood bath
only so
someone
somewhere
can get hold of Albania.
Human gangs bound in malice
blow after blow strikes the world
only for
someone""s vessels
to pass without charge
through the Bosporus.
Soon
the world
won""t have a rib intact.
And its soul will be pulled out.
And trampled down
only for someone
to lay
their hands on
Mesopotamia.
Why does
a boot
crush the Earth — fissured and rough?
What is above the battles"" sky
Freedom?
God?
Money!
When will you stand to your full height
you
giving them your life?
When will you hurl a question to their faces
Why are we fighting?


Translated by Lika Galkina with Jasper Goss 2005.
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