The Judgment

Selected Poems of Juan Gelman
translated by Hardie St. Martin

The Judgment

that grace time saw growing on your brow /
time will reap / and will not give it back /
and the high throne you believed so high and eternally yours /
time will lower it into the grave /
and the pain you tied me down with in your hour of victory /
time will sever with its axe and its knife /
time lowers down / time raises up /
from his no-man’s land the exile will depart
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