Günter Grass

There is Something to Say

But why me? Quiet
so far, I thought I would come
out of my garbled

stain, a stain that will
be removed. Israel is
who I am and I

will always be an
extension of this open
declaration of

fact. Why only grow
old now? Enough rest, I say:
Nuclear peace is

the energy of
brittle risk in a world where
tomorrow may be

too late; as Germans
we offer physical crime,
this is the future—

our partnership will
not delete the usual
excuses. I’m sick

of broken silence
and the hypocrisy of
the West; forgive those

who require silence,
renounce the use of force. The
authority of

a free nuclear
capability is the
review of Monday.

[via English-Hebrew-German-English-Arabic, Bing translator]

Sourced via uncredited English translation:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/05/gunter-grass-israel-poem-iran

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