Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Erich Fried: It will go on happening . . .

Erich Fried

(English translation of a poem written by German poet Erich Fried)

It has happened
and it goes on happening
and will happen again
if nothing happens to stop it.
The innocent knew nothing
because they are too innocent.
The poor do not notice
because they are too poor.
And the rich do not notice
because they are too rich.
The stupid shrug their shoulders

because they are too stupid.
And the clever shrug their shoulders
because they are too cleaver.
The young do not care
because they are too young.
And the old do not care
because they are too old.
That is why nothing happens to stop it.
And that is why it has happened
And goes on happening
And will happen again.

1 comment:

Dr Nasir Khan said...

Corrections:

1. Eric Fried was Austrian, not German

2. ... too cleavar should read: too clever