June 2016        

The Slaves Will Rise

Gabriel Rosenstock

A haiku in Irish and English by Gabriel Rosenstock with a version in Scots by John McDonald, in response to a woodcut by Käthe Kollwitz. The subject is the death of Karl Liebknecht, joint founder with Rosa Luxemburg of the Spartacist League and the Communist Party of Germany, who was shot in the back by the paramilitary Freikorps.

éireoidh na daoir
arís amárach—
ní stopfaidh piléir an chamhaoir!

the slaves will rise
again tomorrow—
bullets cannot stop the dawn!

the thirlmen’ll heize up
agane the morn—
bullets cannae hinder the daw!

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