by Tomica Bajsić
poput figurica u mehaničkom cirkusu.
Taj vrtuljak ne pokreće električna
ili neka druga umjetna energija
pokreće ga naša volja, ili
od zamora materijala
ili od sebi sličnih
budu pojedeni, ubiju se
ili žive mirnu starost.
Ali, naša ih pohlepa reciklira
utjelovljeni su promašenim nadama
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.