Age of Jahiliyah

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The War Works Hard by Dunya Mikhail

How magnificent the war is!


How eager


and efficient!


Early in the morning


it wakes up the sirens


and dispatches ambulances


to various places


swings corpses through the air


rolls stretchers to the wounded


summons rain


from the eyes of mothers


digs into the earth


dislodging many things


from under the ruins…


Some are lifeless and glistening


others are pale and still throbbing…


It produces the most questions


in the minds of children


entertains the gods


by shooting fireworks and missiles


into the sky


sows mines in the fields


and reaps punctures and blisters


urges families to emigrate


stands beside the clergymen


as they curse the devil


(poor devil, he remains


with one hand in the searing fire)…


The war continues working, day and night.


It inspires tyrants


to deliver long speeches


awards medals to generals


and themes to poets


it contributes to the industry


of artificial limbs


provides food for flies


adds pages to the history books


achieves equality


between killer and killed


teaches lovers to write letters


accustoms young women to waiting


fills the newspapers


with articles and pictures


builds new houses


for the orphans


invigorates the coffin makers


gives grave diggers


a pat on the back


and paints a smile on the leader’s face.


It works with unparalleled diligence!


Yet no one gives it


a word of praise.




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