The Survivor Poem by Tadeusz Rozewicz

The Survivor

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I am twenty-four
led to slaughter
I survived.

The following are empty synonyms:
man and beast
love and hate
friend and foe
darkness and light.

The way of killing men and beasts is the same
I've seen it:
truckfuls of chopped-up men
who will not be saved.

Ideas are mere words:
virtue and crime
truth and lies
beauty and ugliness
courage and cowardice.

Virtue and crime weigh the same
I've seen it:
in a man who was both
criminal and virtuous.

I seek a teacher and a master
may he restore my sight hearing and speech
may he again name objects and ideas
may he separate darkness from light.

I am twenty-four
led to slaughter
I survived.


Translated by Adam Czerniawski

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Dutendra Chamling 29 November 2015

....Ideas are mere words: virtue and crime truth and lies beauty and ugliness courage and cowardice.... Beautiful poems.........!

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Tadeusz Rozewicz

Radomsko, Poland
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