Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Written by Italian poet Mario Luzi and published in 'After Many Years Selected poems of Mario Luzi' by Dedalus in 1990.
The republic dies shamefully
The republic dies shamefully.
It is spied on shamefully
by its many bastards in its final torments.
Shamefully the crows sharpen their beak in the nearby room.
Its orphans quarrel shamefully,
shamefully its jackals tear each other asunder.
Everything happens shamefully, everything
except death itself - I try to explain myself
before some type of court
of longed-for justice. And the hearing is abandoned.