(b. 1945 in England as son of communist emigrants, grew up in GDR; also plays, short stories, translations; worked as printer and fitter-and-turner; prison sentence in GDR for protesting Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968; moved to West Berlin in 1976)
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WERE BORN
where the sun stood
when your mother screamed,
how little blood there was in your face
do you know where you shall die,
what your last word will be,
who will be there,
how old you’ll be when the blood stops.
You know nothing. But
why do you talk so loud?