Bertolt Brecht
Translated from the German by E. J. Campfield

Hollywood was planned in keeping with a notion 
People here abouts have of heaven. 
They’ve concluded that God 
requiring both heaven and hell 
didn't need two separate locations. 
Just the one -- heaven. 
It serves the strapped and unsuccessful 
as hell as well.

It is hell, it is heaven.
How much money you earn
determines whether
you play a harp or burn.

--Bertolt Brecht, 1946
from Hollywood Elegies

Translation copyright ©1980, 2008 by E. J. Campfield. All rights reserved.