Mihalis Katsaros, My Testament

To Koskino

Resist
the one who builds a small home
and says I’m happy here.
Resist the one who returns home again
and says Glory be to God.
Resist
the Persian carpets in apartments
the little man in the office
the ‘imports-exports’ business
government education
taxation
myself even, the one telling you this.

Resist
the one who salutes the processions
for countless hours from the podium
the barren woman who gives away
prints of saints, incense and myrrh
myself even, the one telling you this.

Resist also all those who are called great
the president of the Court of Appeal resist
the bands, the drums and the parades
all the high conventions where they babble
and delegates and advisers drink coffee
all those who write speeches about the present age
in front of the heater in winter
flatteries, blessings and so many bows
from pen-pushers and cowards for their wise leader.

Resist…

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