Friday Poem

Those Who Take the Meat From the Table

Teach contentment,
Those for whom the taxes are destined
Demand sacrifice.
Those who eat their fill speak to the hungry
Of wonderful times to come.
Those who lead the country into the abyss
Call ruling too difficult
For ordinary men.

by Bertolt Brecht
Selected Poems Bertolt Brecht
Harcourt Brace, 1947