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Brothers and sisters
this day is dying
         a two-minute silence
         for this dying day

for the bird flying away
for the still water
for the night-fall
         a two-minute silence

for that which is
for that which is not
for that which could have been
         a two-minute silence

for the discarded peel
for the crushed grass
for every plan
for every project
         a two-minute silence

for this great century
for every great idea
of this great century
for its great words
and great intentions
         a two-minute silence

brothers and sisters
for these great achievements
         a two-minute silence.