I have a right not to know Elena Ferrante’s real name* – George Szirtes
5 October 2016
I have so many rights I am thinking of flogging some off on eBay. Though I have the right not to do so.
Stop telling me whatever it is you may be telling me. I have a right to tell you not to tell me.
I have the right and you have the right. What we have rights to may be different but let’s pool our rights and make one big right.
My right to have rights is being threatened by people who claim they have the right to other rights. Other people are bastards.
My rights are constantly threatened by people claiming to have rights. They have no right to such rights.
I have the right to stamp my foot. If I am not granted the right to stamp my foot I will stamp my foot. That is my right / my foot.
Everyone has the right to have rights. They are right to have rights. It is right to have rights. It is right to be everyone.
*Article in Guardian to this effect. ‘Stop telling X what to do’ is a favourite Guardian meme to be fully explored another time.
Poem posted with permission of the author. George Szirtes is a British poet and translator from the Hungarian language into English