Dienstag, September 05, 2006

WOLFGANG BORCHERT'S LAST POEM


Then There's Only One Thing To Do

You. Man at the machine and man in the workshop. If they order you tomorrow to stop making water pipes and cook pots - and start making helmets and machine guns, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Girl behind the counter and girl at the office. If they order you tomorrow to fill hand grenades and mount scopes on sniper rifles, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Factory owner. If they order you tomorrow, to sell gun powder instead of talcum powder and cocoa, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Researcher in the laboratory. If they order you tomorrow, to invent a new death to do away with old life, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Poet in your room. If they order you tomorrow not to sing love songs, but songs of hate, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Doctor at the sick bed. If they order you tomorrow to certify men as fit for war, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Minister in the pulpit. If they order you tomorrow to bless murder and praise war as holy, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Captain on the steamer. If they order you tomorrow not to transport wheat - but cannons and tanks, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Pilot at the airfield. If they order you tomorrow to carry bombs and incendiaries over cities, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Tailor at your table. If they order you tomorrow to start sewing uniforms, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Judge in your robe. If they order you tomorrow to report to the military court, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Man at the train station. If tomorrow they order you to give the signal for the ammunition and the troop trains to depart, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Man in the village and man in the city. If they come for you tomorrow and with your induction papers, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO!

You. Mother in Normandy and mother in the Ukraine, you, mother in Frisco and London, you, on the banks of the Huang Ho and the Mississippi, you, mother in Nepal and Hamburg and Cairo and Oslo - mothers in all regions on earth, mothers all over the world, if they order you tomorrow to bear children - nurses for military hospitals and new soldiers for new battles, mothers all over the world, then there's only one thing to do: Say NO! Mothers, say NO!

6 Comments:

Blogger RIC said...

Should you know nothing about the poet, you would say it was written «a while ago»... Does mankind really never learn?!
This is so f... disturbing!
(Danke, Hans!)

10:07 nachm.  
Blogger Jacky said...

Nice poem!

Not sure about the mothers part though.....

I once did some work for the US government on a missile defense system.

I never really thought I had the option to say no, but I guess you always do!

2:15 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ric:
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You are so right; Ricardo!

8:08 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Jacky:
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The mothers part depends of Hitler's public incitement to the German women to get more children ...

People of the German resistance called this incitement a demand for "Kanonenfutter" = "cannon fodder" ...
that was it, Jacky!

8:17 vorm.  
Blogger Prmod Bafna said...

That is a lovely poem and deserves to be read by the general masses who are most often manipulated! Nice one Castor :)

9:32 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Prmod Bafna:
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Evidently the general masses need the terror of war to understand ... and this fact is terrible, Prmod!

11:51 vorm.  

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