The Burning of The Books
When the Regime ordered that the books with dangerous teachings
should be publicly burnt and everywhere
Oxen were forced to draw carts full of books
To the funeral pyre, an old poet, one of the best,
Discovered with fury when he studied the list
Of the burned, that his own books
Had been forgotten. He rushed to his writing table
On wings of anger and wrote a letter to those in power.
Burn me, he wrote with hurrying pen, burn me!
Do not treat me in this fashion. Don’t leave me out. Have I not
Always taught truth in my books? And now
You treat me like a liar! I order you :
~ Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Translated by H. R. Hays ( From Svenborger Gedichte )
source : poetryfoundation.org