by Jüri Talvet
Faith in markets lost! In November 2008 American
salesmen offer luxury cars, two for the price of one. The
walls of banks are of glass, but bankers shuffle in a circle
in closed rooms without windows, they are dizzy, faith
in money lost! The chief terrorist “Txapote” calls
their judges fascists. Very young students rush
to bloody themselves against steel helmets,
batons and shields, against laws laid down
in Bologna by ministers’ neckties. Faith lost! Bankers
and ministers shuffle in a circle in a prison yard.
The world is a prison without love! Calderón knew it
but added nevetherless:
In me love has been my soul.
(Trans. H. L. Hix)
Last updated September 19, 2011