(Μπέρτολτ Μπρεχτ, “Ποιήματα”, 1938, μτφρ. Μάριος Πλωρίτης, Θεμέλιο, Αθήνα 2000)
The Burning Of The Books
When the Regime
commanded the unlawful books to be burned,
teams of dull oxen hauled huge cartloads to the bonfires.
Then a banished writer, one of the best,
scanning the list of excommunicated texts,
became enraged: he’d been excluded!
He rushed to his desk, full of contemptuous wrath,
to write fierce letters to the morons in power —
Burn me! he wrote with his blazing pen —
Haven’t I always reported the truth?
Now here you are, treating me like a liar!
(Translated by Michael R. Burch)