I Am

by Judith Skillman

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése, translated by Judith Skillman.

I am the red brand
on the shoulder of the condemned,
the gallows and the rope,
the ax and the block,
the whip and the cross.
I am the lion's tooth
in the flesh of the gazelle.
In my veins I have
the blood of the slave trader.

I have deserved the hunger of the wolves.

My victims have left me nothing
but their deaths.

Last updated May 02, 2015