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Gang Stalking – Nothing has changed…

Wisława Szymborska (b. July 2, 1923 in Bnin, P...

Wisława Szymborska (b. July 2, 1923 in Bnin, Poland), Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner, and Ko Un (b. 1933) – Korean poet and Tomas Venclova (b. 1937) – Lithuanian poet and essayist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is World Poetry Day, so I’ve decided to post a poem on torture.  This poem is by Wislawa Szymborska, a Pulitzer Prize winner from Poland.


Nothing has changed.

The body is susceptible to pain, it must eat and breathe air and sleep,

it has thin skin and blood right underneath,

an adequate stock of teeth and nails,   its bones are breakable, its joints are stretchable.

In torture all this is taken into account.

Nothing has changed.

The body shutters as it shuddered before the founding of Rome and after, in the twentieth century before and after Christ. Tortures are as they were, it’s just the earth that’s grown smaller, and whatever happens seems right on the other side of the wall.

Nothing  has changed.

It’s just that there are more people, besides the old offenses new ones have appeared, real, imaginary, temporary, and none, but the howl of innocence according to the time-honored scale and tonality.

Nothing has changed.

Maybe just the manners, ceremonies, dances, yet the movement of the hands in protecting the head is the same.

The body writhes, jerks, and tries to pull away, its legs give out, it falls, the knees fly up, it turns blue, swells, salivates and bleeds.

Nothing has changed.

Except for the course of the boundaries, the lines of forests, coasts, deserts and glaciers.

Amid, these landscapes traipses the soul, disappears, comes back, draws nearer, moves away, alien to itself, elusive, at times certain, at other times uncertain of its own existence, while the body is and is and is and has no place of its own.

P.S. Happy World Poetry Day.

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