HOMO NOVUS / Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

 

HOMO NOVUS

1.

Homo Novus has arrived
hocus
pocus
swarm in people
swarm in
old circus
new act
Homo Novus has arrived
in our city
hocus
pocus
for the last time
you can drop in
at hic café tomorrow
across from the National Bank

2.

Rush in people
rush in
Homo Novus has arrived
in our city
he is opening a bakery at the Promenade
a grilled meat shop on Boulevard Street
a butcher shop across from City Hall
and a supermarket on Workers’ Street
hocus
pocus
let the one who works
make money

3.

Homo Novus has arrived
in our city
our local radio station informs us
at the employment bureau
the lines are getting longer
and the masses shout
Homo Novus
Homo Novus
Homo Novus
Omo ovus
Mo vus
O us
S
S
s

4.

Homo Novus
has arrived
he brought us democracy as a gift
and in return he wants us
to become members of his party
Homo Novus
becomes a leader
his word is the first and the last
and everything in between is ours
The masses applaud
Homo novus
Homo Novus
Homo novus
Omo ovus
Mo vus
O us
Shh
Shh
Shh
Husssh

5.

The masses take it literally
that
hocus
pocus thing
Homo Novus is becoming a legend
while he is depositing our money
in a bank in Switzerland
the masses are shouting
hocus
pocus
the masses shout hocus
the masses shout
the masses shout
only shout

6.

The lesson is
work a bit
steal a bit
and God will give you
a bit
people know this
but
people are the same
as me.

 

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