One hundred sins (STO GREHOVA) / Poem by Miljana Zivanovic (Switzerland)

 

Poem by Miljana Zivanovic (Switzerland)


One hundred sins

Sin! Whose sin? Whose sins do I bear?
I am a descendant of survivors
coincidences full of the incomprehensible
as an exclamation of another’s sin to guilt…
Do your sins have a place in my head?
I don’t know and I can’t ask all of you.

You are silent! All of you are silent! And silence kills me.
What is the reason for silence when I go my own way?
Guilt! Guilt, innocence, evil blood!
I am your blood, am I a stumbling stone to you?
What you are still doing is your sin.
I seems to me that i am coming to my own trial
and sin has poured out over your heads.

And what am I more than a sinner?
And fire and stone and your past.
And I am the sin that will fall today or tomorrow,
And I will descend through the centuries,
And I will endure this gilded look
And my writing, drawing and painting
And in their treasuries full of sin.

And let them break my bones!
And let my blood continue to splash!
And let them violate my rights
which belong to me by blood!
And let, on that battlefield without honor!

FIRST PRIZE: AT THE INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL
“DAYS OF OHRID 2022”

 

STO GREHOVA

Greh! Čiji greh? Čije grehove ja nosim?
Ja sam potomak preživelih
slučajnosti puna nerazumljivog
kao uzvik tuđeg greha na krivnju…
Imaju li mesta vaši gresi u mojoj glavi?
Ne znam i ne smem vas pitati.

Vi ćutite! Ćutite! A ćutnja me ubi.
Šta je razlog ćutnje kad ja idem svojim putem?
Krivnja! Krivnja, nevinost, zla krv!
Krvi vaša, jesam li vam kamen spoticanja?
Ono što i dalje činite je vaš greh,
ja kao da stižem pred svoj sud
a greh se izlio preko vaših glava.

I šta sam ja više od grešnika?
I vatra i kamen i vaša prošlost.
I ja sam greh koji će pasti danas ili sutra,
I silazeću kroz vekove,
I izdržati ovaj pozlaćen izgled
I pisanja, crtanja i slikanja
I u njihovim riznicama punim greha.

I neka lome mi kosti!
I neka moja krv i dalje prska!
I neka krše moja prava po krvi!
I neka, na tom bojnom polju bez časti!

PRVA NAGRADA: NA MEĐUNARODNOM PESNIČKOM FESTIVALU
“OHRIDIJADA 2022”

 

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