I JEHOVA DECREE

    I JEHOVA DECREE

I JEHOVA DECREE
that they get it over with once and for all
I'm giving the solar system the slip
everything back into the womb
I'm saying it's over finished and done with

nobody's escaping
everything over with in one stroke
why beat around the bush
great thing the Vietnam War
great thing the Prostate Operation
I Jehovah decree old age

you people make me laugh
you people give me the creeps
only a born moron
could get down on his knees and worship a statue

frankly I don't know what to tell you
we're on the brink of the Third World War
and nobody seems to have noticed

if you destroy the world
do you think I'm going to create it over again?

Nicanor Parra
Translator: W.S. Merwin


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