excerpt from Contemplating Hell   (c)

 

Contemplating Hell, as I once heard it,

My bother Shelley found it to be a place

Much like the city of London. I,

Who do not live in London, but in Los Angeles,

Find, contemplating, Hell, that it

Must be even more like Los Angeles.

 

                               - Berholt Brecht (1898-1956) German

 

 

The Mask of Evil   (c)

 

On my wall hangs a Japanese carving,

The mask of an evil demon, decorated with gold lacquer.

Sympathetically I observe

The swollen veins of the forehead, indicating

 

What a strain it is to be evil.

 

 

                                    - Berholt Brecht (1898-1956) German

 

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