and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
with total inactivity.
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with
and you keep quiet and I will go.