Poem 14 In Solidarity: Diktatori (Dictators)

by Tomica Bajsić


Diktatori defiliraju
poput figurica u mehaničkom cirkusu.
Taj vrtuljak ne pokreće električna
ili neka druga umjetna energija
pokreće ga naša volja, ili
nedostatak volje.

Budu svrgnuti
od zamora materijala
ili od sebi sličnih
budu pojedeni, ubiju se
ili žive mirnu starost.

Ali, naša ih pohlepa reciklira
utjelovljeni su promašenim nadama
naših mladosti.


Dictators are marching
like figures in mechanical circus.
That Merry-go-round is not inspired by
electric, or some other artificial energy.
It is fueled by our own will, or rather,
The lack of will.

Dictators get dethroned
Because of fatigue of material,
Or they get eaten by
Their own kind,
They even kill themselves sometimes, or
They perish in calm sweetnes of old age.

But it is our greed that recycles them,
They are impersonated by the hopes
That we failed to accomplish
In our own youth.

TOMICA BAJSIĆ Born in 1968 in Zagreb, Croatia. Poet, prose writer and translator. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. Editor for translated poetry in POEZIJA / Poetry quarterly magazine, Croatia, and founder of Druga priča /Another Story publishing. Worked also in restoration, drawing and design. Secretary of Croatian PEN Centre. Published in numerous anthologies and literary journals at home and abroad. Translated into 12 languages.


One response to “Poem 14 In Solidarity: Diktatori (Dictators)

  1. Reblogged this on Tomica Bajsić and commented:
    Solidarity Park Poetry is a place for poems in solidarity with Turkish writers and protesters, against state oppression and police violence. This poem is universal to all opressive and violent behaviour in all societies and under all different ideologies. Also, few years ago in Croatia I have published an anthology entitled “Anthology of world poetry about war, repression and slavery,” 150 poets and more than 300 poems from ancient Greece, Europe, Latin and North America to nowadays Africa, China and India, showing how it’s all connected: slavery is still alive today, but in different forms, and repression leads to wars etc.

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