Short incomplete answer to a poem by Brecht

Short, Incomplete Answer to a Rhetorical Question by Bertolt Brecht

Who built the seven towers of Thebes?
The books are filled with the names of kings.
Was it the kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?
– Bertolt Brecht, ‘Questions of a Reading Worker’

tailor, shoemaker, bookbinder
printer, bricklayer, gold beater
coatmaker, mason, hatter
whitesmith, cooper, farrier

shipwright, sawyer, wire-drawer
pipe maker, ropemaker, watchmaker
sail maker, cock-founder, fell-monger
skinner, butcher, brass founder

leather dresser, upholsterer, currier
blacksmith, optician, silk dyer
cutler, ship caulker, nail & chain maker
weaver, miner, cook, silversmith

quarrier, slater, thatcher
carpenter, plasterer, glazier
plumber, painter, steam-engine maker
millwright, iron-moulder, tiler

shearman, calico-printer, woolcomber
fustian-cutter, coach maker, seaman
docker, cabinet maker, seamstress,
milliner, candle maker, potter

knife maker, sword maker, apiarist
ballad maker, actor, professional cadger
forger, thief, pickpocket
conman, soldier, cop

not to mention a few million
unseen women cleaning, cooking
caring for these busy armies
made of amnesia & men


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on January 31, 2011.

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