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You Who Wronged
by Czeslaw Milosz

You who wronged a simple man
Bursting into laughter at the crime,
And kept a pack of fools around you
To mix good and evil, to blur the line,

Though everyone bowed down before you,
Saying virtue and wisdom lit your way,
Striking gold medals in your honor,
Glad to have survived another day,

Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
You can kill one, but another is born.
The words are written down, the deed, the date.

And you’d have done better with a winter dawn,
A rope, and a branch bowed beneath your weight.

(Hat Tip: Andrew Sullivan)

One Response to “Poem of the Week”

  1. GC English » Blog Archive » The Role of Uglyness Says:

    [...] is artistic ugliness.  For example, I hesitated, if only for a moment, before publishing “You Who Wronged“  The last stanza made me uncomfortable.  “And you’d have done better with a [...]

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