When there will be peace


	    As long as people are killed in the name of the law
	    As long as ponderous jurors and honorable judges
	    Lock their disfranchised brothers behind iron bars –
			  There will be no peace

	    As long as estate imparts power without obligations
	    As long as friend betrays friend for dead property
	    As long as Holy Eros thrives as legitimate currency -
			  There will be no peace

	    As long as stereotyping thrones as highest idol
	    And stuporous obedience counts as first virtue
	    As long as hungry teachers train non-questioning -
			  There will be no peace

	    As long as murderers are found to butcher animals
	    As long as there are people, who without disgust
	    Feed themselves on the corpses of our mute friends -
			  There will be no peace

	    As long as a man is daring to order a man around
	    As long as a being with reason can be forced
	    For the conviction of another to go to his death -
			  There will be no peace
	


			(in exile in the US)
			Karl Vollmüller (1878 – 1948)
			(abbr. translated by U. F. 2019)

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