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SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON – April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *

四月 15, 2016

Hauptbahnhof

SPRING IS A WONDERFUL SEASON

April 15, 2016 in Vienna. #Schutzbefohlene *
Spring is a wonderful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park,
used to be train tracks.

Last year we had refugees at the station.

Spring is a wonderful season.

They said it was 90,000 people or so
in all of Austria,
mostly in a few months,
who wanted to stay in this country.
Ten times more went on to Germany.
So many people wanted to help.
Train workers, even police.
Volunteers, often more than enough.
We live in the neighbourhood.
My daughter Maia went down to play with the refugee children.
After a while she knew the volunteers.
It was safe.
The refugees staid down by the station.
Some people from our house took in refugees.

There was discussion to use the shop,
the empty shop downstairs in this new house,
for refugee quarters.
Just for the winter.
That shop has bathrooms and everything.

But then they closed down at the station.
It was in December.
They took them with buses, they said, from the border.
On to Germany.
If you said you wanted Germany, they let you in.
They were building a fence.
So in December, the station was empty.
Maybe Mid-December.
No quarters in our house.
But people still coming in.
Coming up through the Balkans, used to be Yugoslavia.

In early January we played Tarot down in the library.
We have a library in our house.
And we play cards, for a few pennies.
On Friday nights.
We have had readings, and even theatre.
Gudrun and Peter, they built a stage.
Downstairs in the big common room.
We had a night reciting Bob Dylan.
Down you masters of war.

But then in January, there was Cologne.
In Cologne at the train station, on New Year’s Night.
Hundreds of women harassed.
Raped, one or two.
Many foreign men there at the train station.
Not enough police, or police doing nothing.
We should discuss this, one of us said.
We had been playing cards.
What is there to discuss, there ‘s not much in the news.
Maybe social networks did play a role.
I want to discuss this.
These refugees becoming a problem.
What is there to discuss, there’s not much in the news.
These refugees becoming a problem.
A discussion is stupid, without any facts.
So one of us went away in a huff.

Later I was away, I was in China.
In southern China, a poetry trip.
From southern China to Southeast Asia.
Self-organized.
The year before they went to Vietnam.
Wrote some good poetry.
Vietnam wars in the background,
including China attacking Vietnam.
And other stuff, daily life.
Morning routine.

This year I went with them through Southeast Asia.
Poets from all over China. 16 or 17.
One or two guides.
Guides of Chinese extraction.
Thailand, Singapore. And Malaysia.
Then back to Nanning, to southern China.

Poetry meetings, almost every night.
Sometimes more.
One time in the airport.
Plane was delayed, nothing better to do, call a poetry meeting.
Poems written there on the road.

Yi Sha has this dream, before every border.
Dreaming they won’t let him through.
Normally he writes down all his dreams.
Makes for good poetry.
But not this time, he was afraid.
Only when we were safe in Malaysia.

They had a crackdown, in Kuala Lumpur.
There was an attack in Indonesia.
Muslim majority in Malaysia, too.
If the father is Muslim, the child has to be Muslim.
Not Chinese or anything else.
It was not like this before.
At least according to our guide.
They have elections and a Sultan.
Or they call him a King, at least in Chinese.

It’s a beautiful country.
Tribes in the woods.
Our guide lived with a tribe for a week.
For a project at university.
She was very young, has a small child.
She speaks Fukien Chinese.
Mandarin with the tourists, of course.
Liked to talk about sex.
Malaysian men with many wives.
Just a few Muslims, who can afford it.

On February first, I came back to Austria.
Refugees still coming, though not so many.
News had been shifting.
Creating a climate against refugees.
We put a limit on loving our neighbours.
That was a poster.
The foreign minister, he’s very young.
The interior ministress.
She’s not there any more now, she’ll become governess.
Governor of Lower Austria.
And the candidate.
Their candidate for Federal President.

President is just a figurehead here.
Like in Germany.
In Germany, he is elected in parliament.
So he is from the majority party.
He or she.

In Austria, everyone votes for the President.
Everyone should.
Everyone is automatically registered, every citizen.
Nowadays you can vote in advance.
Local district office.
Ballot per mail, or there at the office.
That guy for limits on loving your neighbour won’t make it.
He’s trailing far behind in the polls.
But his policies are federal policy.

They let that happen, the Social Democrats.
They are the majority.
But they let it happen, they are just like the rightists.
News had been shifting.
These refugees becoming a problem.
Some Social Democrats work with the Rightists.
Those other Rightists.
That Freedom Party.
Some Neo-Nazis.
Some Neo-Nazis cling to this party.
Some were just Liberals.
In the 1980s they were for joining the European Community.
Anyway now they are shameless Rightists.
Austria should not be ashamed, they proclaim.
Including old Nazis, including SS.

And Social Democrats think they should work with them.
But they are trailing, the Social Democrats.
Maybe their candidate will fall behind,
though not as far as the one with the limits.
They are far behind, both of them.

Three candidates are in front.
Front-runner is from the Green Party.
They always were for refugees.
And there is a woman.
Not from a party.
A former judge.
Liberal views, for the economy.
Definitely not from the Left.
Those two were leading.
But Freedom Party candidate is closing up.

No, he doesn’t say we are all Germans.
Though he says many things.
Austrians first, don’t be ashamed.
Don’t be ashamed of anything.
Works better than just talk about limits.

So I’ve voted already, ten days in advance.

I’m afraid.
That Freedom guy is worse than Trump.
Similar causes why they are so popular.

Austria is very small.
President is just a figurehead.
But I’m afraid.

Austria becomes Hungary.
Headline in Switzerland, two days ago.
Rightist government, fences.
Italy protesting, not only Greece.
Against Austria, in the EU.

EU has been weak.
Rightist reactions in Eastern Europe.
Rightist rhetoric against refugees.
From Social Democrats, some of them.
EU is weak, was very weak in the Yugoslav wars.

Mid-April sun is shining outside.
Spring is a beautiful season,
trees spilling their green.
Some are cut, some are planted.
Downstairs across they are planting a park.

Martin Winter
April 15, 2016
*Schutzbefohlene means people placed under protection. It is the title of a play by Elfriede Jelinek, the Austrian author who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2004. She wrote the play in 2013. It was performed, by refugees, at University of Vienna on April 14, 2016, when a group of rightists stormed the stage. They sprayed red paint and reportedly injured performers, including children. I wrote the long poem above on Friday morning, April 15. I had not been at the performance and knew nothing about the incident before my text was finished. But I think my text works as background reading, at least.

 

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NOTSTAND

四月 13, 2016

ru ye sheying

NOTSTAND

österreich ist das viertreichste land
das ist ein ganz großer notstand

der bundeskanzler ist ein feiger hund
das ist ein ganz großer notstand

sonst fällt mir leider auch nichts mehr ein
das ist ein ganz großer notstand

MW April 2016

Lieber Gott

HE

三月 28, 2016

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he is not here
for he is risen
he’s not here with us
with our eggs
in our nests
with our bunnies
maybe he is
in idomeni
somewhere on the road
let’s make austria strong
say the people
who seal the borders

MW March 2016

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SCHANDE

三月 3, 2016

SCHANDE

Österreich ist eine Schande.
Wir haben die Balkan-Route verstopft.
Jetzt wird es wieder wie vor einem Jahr.

Im August war da ein Lastwagen,
ein Lastwagen voller Leichen
auf einer Straße im Osten Österreichs
nicht weit vom Flughafen Wien.
Ungefähr 70 Leichen,
nicht wenige Kinder.

Nach diesem Lastwagen,
wann haben sie dann die Grenzen geöffnet?
Nicht alle Grenzen waren gleich offen.
Aber die Eisenbahn
war für die Flüchtlinge offen,
jedenfalls eine Zeitlang.

Warum sind voriges Jahr
soviele Leute auf einmal gekommen?
Wieviele Jahre ist Krieg in Syrien?
Im Libanon wurden voriges Jahr
die Essensrationen halbiert.
Die UNO hatte kein Geld
für die Flüchtlinge.

Das war lange bekannt. Aber einige Staaten,
darunter Österreich, wollten nicht zahlen.

Also sind viele Leute gekommen.

Wann riskierst du dein Leben,
wann riskierst du das Leben
deiner Kinder?

Wieviele Leute sollen ertrinken?
Wieviele Lastwagen?

Unter den Nazis,
wie hat man die serbischen Juden ermordet?
Hauptsächlich mit Lastwagen.

Man hat ihnen irgend etwas versprochen.
Die Kinder hat man mit Zuckerln getröstet.
Und dann auf der Fahrt
gingen die Auspuffgase ins Innere.

Die Methode war praktisch.
Keine langen Eisenbahnwege,
das war zu der Zeit
auch gar nicht mehr sicher.

Wieviele Lastwagen,
wieviele Menschen?
Wieviele Nazis
waren aus Österreich?
Wieviele können sich noch erinnern,
im ehemaligen Jugoslawien,
in Griechenland?

Österreich hat die Balkan-Route verstopft.
Es ist eine Schande.

2016-03-02

可耻

三月 3, 2016

維馬丁
《可耻》

这几天奥地利有点可耻,
他们堵住了巴尔干通道。

事情相当于一年以前。
去年八月份有一辆卡车,
卡车装满了尸体
留在奥地利公路
离維也納机场不远。
尸体也许七十左右,
有不少小孩。

卡车发现了以后
具体是什么时候
大家都开了边境?
也不是全部同时都开了,
不过打开了铁路
让难民经过。

去年难民到底为什么
那么多人集体到欧洲?
叙利亚战争已经几年了。
主要原因是黎巴嫩
人家难民已经没有吃的。
联合国帮助难民的组织
已经没有钱。

他们也早就说了。
但主要是西方富裕国家
他们故意給得太少,給得慢,
包括奥地利。
所以联合国组织给难民的食物
只能給一半。

所以难民集体都来了
尽量到欧洲最富裕的国家。

你冒生命危险
经常冒全家生命危险
有不少小孩
主要是没别的办法。

还需要多少人淹死?
还需要多少卡车?

二战时候
塞尔维亚等等的犹太人
被纳粹集体害得用什么方法?
就是用很多卡车。

跟他们说都去搬家。
給小孩糖果让他们上车。
然后开车的时候
拿排气管排气到里面。
他们很快就死了,
除了前面开车的人。

这个方法有好处。
不用装满火车
运到遥远的波兰、
北欧、乌克兰等等。
那些在1944年
说不定失去了控制。

所以卡车很方便。
有不少纳粹是奥地利人。
有多少人记得?
现在的希腊,
前南斯拉夫
有多少人记得?
奥地利这几天
也许有点可耻。

2016.3.2


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