Stephan Brües (poems)

Born in 1965, Stephan Brües, is mainly a peace activist from Germany, engaged as co-chair of the Federation for Social Defence (BSV, and Council Member of the War Resisters International network.

He is a member of the organizing team of “Not Our War”.

Professionally Stephan is freelance scientific editor and lives in Wiesloch near Heidelberg (where someone left her*his heart…).

When he was in high school he began to write political and other poems. And he continued this until now, as with artistic expression you get people more emotionally, even if the poem is about a political topic. On the photo (done by Heidi Flassak) he reads a poem during the Easter Marsh manifestation in Heidelberg 2021.

And here is an example that he also will present during the first session of “Not Our War”.

Nash Dom – Our house

Our house has many rooms
for tenants who suffer under the arbitrariness of the administration,
for mothers whose sons are tortured and locked away for alleged drug possession,
for people who are persecuted by the police,
for people who want to solve conflicts with others without violence,
for pupils who want to settle disputes

Our house has many doors
Real and virtual.
The first ones protect the persecuted.
The second show the arbitrariness of the henchmen.
All lead to more freedom
All lead to more knowledge about civil rights.
All lead to more action for civil rights.

Our House calls “No means No” – No to the war on Ukraine!
It calls for opposing the lies of war with the truth.
It calls for the withdrawal of men from the Belarusian army.
It calls for no participation in Putin’s war.
It calls on the young conscripts,
to flee to the Owls, the resistant women.

The Owls are calling mothers en masse,
to stop them from sending their sons to Ukraine.
And the sons refuse to go to Ukraine.
The general of the armed forces resigned from his post in frustration.
His pleading with the soldiers had led to no result.
No remained No.
Imagine they give war,
and where no one* thought it would happen – in Belarus –
nobody comes to fight.

(Stephan Brües, 12.04.2022) * in Western countries

The idea of his poetic presence in the event “Not Our War” is to introduce and welcome the speakers by a poem.