Door democratie bestaat er géén democratie

In Rusland zijn er nu alleen helden? Waar zijn de normale mensen die hun stem niet mogen verheffen. Zij, ‘normal people‘ lijden eronder. Leiders die populair zijn zijn gevaarlijk!? De geschiedenis heeft het bewezen en er komen nog meer bewijzen aan de oppervlak. Wat kan in dit geval de kunstenaar doen? Politieke democratie is een strontput die gedempt moet worden, maar met wat? Lijken?

25 november 2010

Wartime gedicht uit Oekraïne

Danyil Zadorozhnyi

Danyil Zadorozhnyi considers the threat and reality of wartime displacement in this poem whose title speaks to W. H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939.”


“trees—that’s what I lack most of all,” she says
“you have so few of them here in Lviv
Donetsk, though, was a green city
greenery all around”

but I didn’t know that
I was young, never spent much time there,
never valued people or the county until after it happened

“second time I’ve lost my home,” she utters with hatred
“officially, this time”

and I get her
and I don’t
hugging her

my mom’s concerned there’ll be tons of internally displaced persons
where will we put them all up, she asks
I don’t mind, but I don’t have any space
except in your room, if you want

containing my emotions, I elect empathy, saying
I get you
but it’s too early to talk about that
though I actually think it’s too late
if we’re only talking about this now
so, being kind constantly is very hard, tricky
but easy and at times the only thing someone can want

and if the war, not just any war, came to our home
and we had to flee to another city in another part of the country
I’d like to be helped there
not for the people there to make xenophobic comments on the internet
trying to catch my kids speaking the wrong language
twisting my wife’s tongue—she’s from Belarus, for heaven’s sake, seeking shelter here

if only I had the money to rent three of the four rooms in the apartment
with old landlords and Soviet furniture


By Danyil Zadorozhnyi, translated from Ukrainian by Yuliya Charnyshova and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler