Parade of Poems

GERMAIN DROOGENBROODT (edited by)

ithaca 434

Statue of Samoza

SOMOZA UNVEILS THE STATUE OF SOMOZA
IN THE STADIUM OF SOMOZA

I do not believe that the people erected this statue to me
because I know better than you that I ordered it myself.
Neither do I pretend that I will pass into posterity with it
because I know that the people will tear it down one day.
Nor that I should have wished to erect myself in life
a monument you never would raise to me in death:
but I erected this statue because I know you hate it.

ERNESTO CARDENAL (Nicaragua 1925 – )
Translation Germain Droogenbroodt

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