Abraham Sutzkever

Smorgon, Russian Empire
Abraham Sutzkever
Smorgon, Russian Empire
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The Ailing Poet To His Friend

Music of torments.
Who is the conductor?
For whom do they play a crescendo?
Later, will any hands applaud?
Who are they? And who the conductor?
I want to see him!

Even a murderer under lock and key
Is not denied his last wish.
I want to see the conductor!
His baton is a knife.
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