Monday, May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day

And from the ranks of both armies -
the same voice, the same refrain:
'He who is not with us is against us.
You must take sides. Justice is ours.'

And I stand alone in the midst of them,
amidst the roar of fire and smoke,
and pray with all my strength for those
who fight on this side, and on that side.

from 'Civil War' by Maximilian Voloshin (1919)
translated by Robert Chandler

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