Democracy (from Illuminations)
"The flag passes through foul country and our lingo muffles the drum beats.
"In the centres we’ll feed the most cynical prostitution. We’ll massacre any reasonable revolt.
"To the spicy, damp countries! in the service of monstrous exploitation, industrial and military.
"Goodbye here or anywhere. We’re willing conscripts. Our ideas are savage. Ignoramuses about science, we’re sluts for comfort. Stuff the world. This is real progress. Onward, let’s hit the road!"
- Arthur Rimbaud, from Illuminations
- translated by Jill Jones