December 2007 - Issue No.12

Europe's shame
A poem by Günter Grass

The German famous writer and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature Günter Grass, wrote a poem about Europe’s policy towards Greece entitled “Europe’s Shame”.

The poem has been written as an ancient greek ode and it is consisted of twelve lines. It treats the subject of intellectual indigence in case Greece is being aborted from the bosom of Europe, considering that this country was Europe’s cradle. Here is the poem:


Close to chaos, because the market is not just, 
you're way out of the country that lent you the cradle.

What with the soul searching, you found was, 
is now considered, appraised at scrap value.

As a debtor placed naked on the pillory, suffer a country 
owe a thank you to you was saying.

Poverty doomed country whose wealth 
adorn museums maintained: kept from you loot.

With the force of arms the inselgesegnete country 
ravaged wore the uniform Hölderlin in his knapsack.

Barely tolerated country whose colonels of you 
were once tolerated as an ally.

Loses right country to which the power law partner 
buckled his belt tighter and tighter.

Antigone defying you wearing black and nationwide 
mourning clothes, the people whose guest you have.

However, the country has to wake Croesus related 
all that glitters golden hoarded in your vaults.

Sauf finally, drink! scream of Commissioners cheerleaders, 
but anger is Socrates you back the cup to the brim.

Cursing in the choir, which is characteristic of you are, the gods, 
to disown their Olympus Thy will be required.

You'll waste away mindlessly without the country, 
whose mind you, Europe devised.

Gunter Grass

Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung






December 2007 - Issue No.12