January, 2015

  1. Masochism

    January 4, 2015 by Christopher Buxton

    We’re not a nation

    by Petko Slaveikov translated by Christopher Buxton

     

    We’re not a nation, not a nation, but carrion,

    people who refuse occupation.

    Everything’s heavy, everything hurts us

    “I don’t know! I can’t do it!” sung in one voice.

    We don’t know and we can’t and we’ll not

    work for ourselves in time’s allotment.

    We only know and we can and we will

    Eat each other to our spiteful fill.

    Amongst ourselves we’re bad, rude, irascible

    With others we’re docile, quiet, pliable.

    They still walk over us, whoever comes

    Because we’re inept, all fingers and thumbs.

    Everyone shouts “Curses on our plight!”

    And every ambition is  squashed flat.

     

    We’re not a nation, not a nation, but carrion

    Again I say it, and end my oration.


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