Thursday, March 22, 2018


. . . May Slaves

. . .

. . .

. . .

may slaves not strive for power at any cost,

may power govern nothing but itself,

may judges be fallible rather than venal,

may prosecutors not stop at nothing,

may the police work to reveal their own crimes,

may burglars break into their own apartments,

may censors redact themselves out of existence,

may informers deliver reports on themselves,

may customs officers look up their own asses,

may guards build the prison of their dreams

and locking themselves up to a man, from inside

throw the key into the ocean



Ryszard Krynicki
New York Review of Books 2018
translated by Alissa Valles
afterword Adam Michnik