THE SURVIVOR

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.

– Tadeusz Różewicz (1921- 2014)

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One thought on “THE SURVIVOR

  1. rlp152 says:

    Wow, that’s powerful.

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