SPEECH OF THE STONE / Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

Poem by Ibrahim Honjo

 

SPEECH OF THE STONE

I taught you the speech of the stone

and torrents of flowing water

Task old for centuries

of male descendants in our ancestry

I taught you

that a heart can be with a heart

and a heart for a heart

and how to remain in your own skin

I taught you humanity

and I didn’t know

my limb

that you would be torn off on the ninth birthday

and my northern trail would then be cut off

I taught you the speech of the stone

taught you about rapid waters

sandy landslides

and goat pathways

I did not know

that I would be mutilated

That my field of vision

would not be further than

a meter and twenty-six

and that young man

my sprout, my plume

my chief support

Cut out in bud of the ninth year

my seed destroyed

I taught you the speech of the stone

and abysses

about the whisper of springs from beech forests

softness of Posavina grass

and magic of plains

and I did not know

that they would bewitch you

disappoint the future

that you would feed the soil with silence

and sorrow and pain to the whole universe

Before you hand over the speech of the stone

to a new generation.

 

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