Primo Levi

(1919 - 1987 / Turin / Italy)

Primo Levi Poems

1. To My Friends 4/30/2011
2. Reveille 1/1/2004
3. The Survivor 1/1/2004
4. Shema 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Primo Levi


You who live secure
In your warm houses
Who return at evening to find
Hot food and friendly faces:

Consider whether this is a man,
Who labours in the mud
Who knows no peace
Who fights for a crust of bread
Who dies at a yes or a no.
Consider whether this is a woman,
Without hair or name
With no more strength to remember
Eyes empty and womb cold
As a frog in winter.

Consider that this has been:
I commend these words to you.
Engrave them on your hearts
When you are in your house, when you walk on ...

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