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Listen Here, Joe

Langston Hughes
Language: English

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[1966]
Nella raccolta “The Panther and the Lash: Poems of Our Times” pubblicata nel 1967, anno della morte del grande poeta afroamericano.
Musica per basso e piano/orchestra composta nel 1966 da Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991), noto compositore newyorkese.
Siegmeister e Hughes tra il 1964 e il 1966 scrissero insieme alcune poesie in musica.
“Listen Here, Joe” è la seconda di cinque poesie di protesta contro la guerra in Vietnam che compongono il ciclo intitolato “The Face of War”.
Listen here, Joe,
Don't you know
That tomorrow
You got to go
Out yonder where
The steel winds blow?

Listen here, kid,
It's been said
Tomorrow you'll be dead
Out there where
The rain is lead.

Don't ask me why.
Just go ahead and die.
Hidden from the sky
Out yonder you'll lie:
A medal to your family--
In exchange for
A guy.

Mama, don't cry.

Contributed by Bartleby - 2010/12/23 - 14:10



Language: Finnish

Traduzione finlandese / Finnish translation / Traduction finnoise / Suomennos: Juha Rämö

confederate negros.
KUULEHAN, KAVERI

Kuulehan, kaveri,
etkö tiedä,
että huomenna,
sinun on lähdettävä
sinne jonnekin, missä
terästuulet puhaltavat?

Kuulehan, poika,
kerrotaan, että
huomenna olet kuoleva
siellä, missä
sade on lyijyä.

Älä kysy minulta, miksi,
vaan mene kohti kuolemaasi.
Taivaan tavoittamattomissa
siellä jossain sinä makaat.
Mitali peheellesi
vastineeksi
ihmisestä.

Älä itke, äiti.

Contributed by Juha Rämö - 2018/4/2 - 19:27



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