The Meaning of Life is 42 (jpster) wrote in culture_geeks,
The Meaning of Life is 42
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Vietnam

(Yeah, I love poetry...)

VIETNAM
"Woman, what's your name?"  "I don't know."
"How old are you?  Where are you from?"  "I don't know."
"Why did you dig that burrow?"  "I don't know."
"How long have you been hiding?"  "I don't know."
"Why did you bite my finger?"  "I don't know."
"Don't you know that we won't hurt you?"  "I don't know."
"Whose side are you on?"  "I don't know."
"This is war, you've got to choose."  "I don't know."
"Does your village still exist?"  "I don't know."
"Are those your children?"  "Yes."

By Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet, Nobel Prize Literature 1996.
Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh.
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