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'They remain lying on the earth...'

Agnès Agboton

Reading from Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus festival, 2012.

Translated from Gun into Spanish by Agnès Agboton, and from Spanish by Maya García Vinuesa:
‘They remain lying on the earth...’
They remain lying on the earth
the dark bodies of men
after a useless death
and in the hidden heart of the
the flame of hatred is still
ignorantly awake.
Useless hatred.
Inside a calm refuge
of beautiful walls
all has changed;
two important men have smiled
to each other,
they have shaken hands.
Again, all is useless,
the struggle of the living,
the death of the dead.
Again, all is useless,
the hunger...


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