• #21 [2] Um poema por dia, nem sabe o bem que lhe fazia

    2021-08-09 15:19:52

    Questions From a Worker Who Reads

    - By Bertolt Brecht, 1935

    «Who built Thebes of the 7 gates ? 
    In the books you will read the names of kings. 
    Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock ? 
    And Babylon, many times demolished, 
    Who raised it up so many times ? 
    In what houses of gold glittering Lima did its builders live ? 
    Where, the evening that the Great Wall of China was finished, did the masons go?
    Great Rome is full of triumphal arches. 
    Who erected them ? 
    Over whom did the Caesars triumph ? 
    Had Byzantium, much praised in song, only palaces for its inhabitants ? 
    Even in fabled Atlantis, the night that the ocean engulfed it, 
    The drowning still cried out for their slaves. 
    The young Alexander conquered India.
    Was he alone ? 
    Caesar defeated the Gauls. 
    Did he not even have a cook with him ? 
    Philip of Spain wept when his armada went down. 
    Was he the only one to weep ?  
    Frederick the 2nd won the 7 Years War. 
    Who else won it ? 
    Every page a victory. 
    Who cooked the feast for the victors ? 
    Every 10 years a great man. 
    Who paid the bill ? 
    So many reports.  
    So many questions.»

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