April 9, 2009

The Solution

Filed under: poetry — newritings @ 4:50 pm
hard knocks from the left flank,

hard knocks from the left flank,

My partner was having a debate cum argument with someone the other day, who truly says that she believes in human rights etc although her practice suggests otherwise. So, it started me thinking about those who affirm rights to only those who agree, dissent is not seen as a right and from there it was a short passage to this Brecht poem. Those who dissent can be severely dealt with by those with power.

I know the way one comes about to some things too is not logical, like the other time I was thinking of people who go on holidays to various places, see the animals (yipee Kruger National Park, the beach, ohh Table Mountain etc) but “you must be careful of the people.” So the people are merely messing up the scenery…
So in all these cases if they truly had the power and some do – they would dissolve the people (I shudder to think of what this means)…

The Solution
Bertolt Brecht

After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people


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