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Covid-19: The General Speaks of His Sorrow

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Covid-19: The General Speaks of His Sorrow

A poem in Irish and English by Gabriel Rosenstock, with image by Otto Dix called Wounded Soldier

Covid 19: The General Speaks of His Sorrow

by Gabriel Rosenstock

Self-isolation . . .
These bitter days

When can I send battalions
Of raw young men
To war
To crush their bones
And the bones of others

When will I see them again
Marching proudly
Shoulder to shoulder

Self-isolation . . .
These bitter days

The flash of bayonets
Is no more

 

Covid 19: Labhraíonn an Ginearál Faoina Bhuairt

Féinleithlisiú . . .
Na laethanta goirt seo

Cathain a bheidh mé in ann
Cathláin d’fhir óga neamhoilte
A chur chun cogaidh
D’fhonn a gcnámha féin
Is cnámha eile a bhascadh

Cathain a fheicfidh mé arís iad
Is iad ag máirseáil go huaibhreach
Gualainn le gualainn

Féinleithlisiú . . .
Na laethanta goirt seo

Splanc na mbeaignití
Ní fheicim níos mó

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Gabriel Rosenstock

Gabriel Rosenstock was born in postcolonial Ireland and is a poet, haikuist, tankaist, translator, playwright, novelist, short story writer and essayist.

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