bosnia report
No. 11 June - August 1995
 
A Poem by Diana Burazer

Na odmoristu izmedu dva svijeta

Moj narod odlazi
pravilno rasdoriden
autobusima.
Rano ujutro
dugi I plavi oni nestaju
vec iza prvog zavoja.
Jos trenutak traju u zrcalim trepavica,
u mom oku beznadno se utapaju,
I vec ih nema.

Na Oknima svice.
Dobro je.
Krajolik domovine,
koju ljubimo zajedno,
u nijihovom kovcegu.

Moj narod odlazi
prema velikom hladnom moru;
eh, more
jedina staza bez prepreka
jedina kuca brodova
I utopljenika
eh, more.

Moj narod odlazi
drzeci u krilu
svoja uspavana zrnca mudrosti.
Toplinom juga
otopit ce I najveci snijeg dalekih zemalja.
A kad se, u toj bjelini,
probude

mislit ce
da su napokon
usli u bajku.
Dobro je.

On the Landing Between Two Worlds

My people is leaving
tidily disposed
in buses.
Early in the morning
long and blue, they're vanished already
around the first bend.
An instant longer they last, mirrored on lashes,
drowning hopeless in my eye,
then are gone already.

Dawn lightens the windows.
It's all rightÌÌÌÌÌÌÌÌ`.
The landscape of the homeland
which we have loved together
is in their suitcase.

My people is leaving
towards the great, cold sea -
ah, the sea!
Sole unbarred path,
sole home for ships
and for the drowned,
ah, the sea!

My people is leaving
holding in its lap
its slumbering seeds of wisdom.
With southern warmth it will melt
even the deepest snow of faroff lands.
And when, in the whitness,
they awake

they'll think
they've finally entered
a fairy tale.
It's all right.

From No oamoritsu izmedu dva svijeta
(On the landing between Two Worlds), Zagreb 1994, pp 65-66.

Diana Burazer, born in 1953 in Zaagreb, spent her childhood in Herzegovina before returning to Zagreb where she gained a degree in theoretical mathematics from the University.

She has published two other volumes of poetry: Nesvanijivo (1974) and Cetvrti zid (1985).

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