When I’d reported to the couple, thus by Bertolt Brecht


When I’d reported to the couple, thus
That up there no one murders now for gain
Since no one owns a thing, the faithless spouse

Who’d beguiled that woman so improperly
Lifted his hand, now tied to hers by chains
And looked at her and turned perplexed to me

So no one steals, if  there’s no property?
I shook my head. And as their hands just touched
I saw a blush suffuse the woman’s cheeks.

He saw it too and cried, She hasn’t once
Shown so much since the day she was seduced!
And murmuring, Then there’s no abstinence?

They moved off swiftly. And the ties that fused
Them tight were of no weight or consequence.

Bertolt Brecht
Translated from German by Tom Kuhn

About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from http://russellboyle.com
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