Saturday, August 15, 2015

If This Is a Man by Primo Levi

If This Is a Man

You who live safe
In your warm houses, 
You who find warm food
And friendly faces when you return home. 
Consider if this is a man
Who works in mud, 
Who knows no peace, 
Who fights for a crust of bread, 
Who dies by a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair, without name,
Without the strength to remember,
Empty are her eyes, cold her womb,
Like a frog in winter. 
Never forget that this has happened.
Remember these words.
Engrave them in your hearts, 
When at home or in the street, 
When lying down, when getting up. 
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your houses be destroyed, 
May illness strike you down, 
May your offspring turn their faces from you.

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