As many things have already been said about what has happened in Paris on November 13, 2015, I thought it would be wise to keep the personal chit chat to a minimum.
I won’t analyse the facts, as they are still unclear as I write this post, but I will share a video [in Italian] where famous comedian and actor Gigi Proietti reads a section of a poem on war, and the poem’s English translation.
Please be mindful that the author, Trilussa, was renown for writing in Roman dialect, and the poignant tone of the original can be slightly lost in translation. If you’d like to see the original version, please click here.
What happened in Paris – and Beirut, where two suicide bombers killed 41 people, and Baghdad where 19 more perished during a funeral on the same day of the Bataclan, Stade de France, and the Carillon Paris attacks – is abominable, and serious, well thought, action should be taken to bring justice to the families of the victims.
But, as a firm believer of the cyclic history theory, I say: remember what has been, and learn from it.
Have a good night’s sleep, fall asleep
For then you won’t see
The many infamies and troubles
Happening in the world
Between swords and guns
Of the civil people.
Have a good night’s sleep, don’t listen
To the sighs and moans
Of the people slaughtering each other
For a fool who commands them to;
[People] who slaughter and kill each other
for the benefit of race
or the benefit of a religion,
for a God who can’t be seen.
But who’s used as a refuge
By the butchering commander.
For that killers’ den
That bloodies the Earth
Knows war is a matter of money,
Preparing the resources
For Exchange market’s thieves.
Have a good night’s sleep, my dear child,
As long as this slaughter lasts:
Sleep tight, for tomorrow
We’ll see the leaders again
Exchanging their respects
Good friends like they were before.
They are cousins and between relatives
There’s no formal interaction:
Their personal relations
Will be even more friendly.
And reunited among themselves
Without shadow of remorse
They’ll give us a pretty speech
On peace and work
For that stupid people
Spared by the cannon!
Featured Image by Miguel Discart via Wikimedia Commons