Who built the seven-gated Thebes?
The books mention only the names of the kings.
Did they carry the boulders?
And Babylon, several times destroyed –
Who rebuilt it so many times? In which houses
Of glittering golden Lima did its builders live?
And the evening,
The wall of China was built,
where did all the bricklayers vanish?
Great Rome, filled with triumphal arches.
Who erected those?
Whom did Caesars conquer?
Were there only palaces for all the inhabitants
In the glorious Byzantium?
Even in the magnificent Atlantis
They were calling for their slaves,
the night the sea swallowed it.
Young Alexander conquered India.
Caesar defeated the Gauls.
Was there not even a cook with him?
Philip of Spain wept as he watched his fleet sink.
No one else wept for that?
Frederick II triumphed in the seven years' war
Who else won, besides him?
Every page has a victory.
Who cooked the victory feast?
Every decade, a Great Man.
Who paid for his expenses?
So many stories.So many questions.
- Translated to English by Parvez Imam
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