December 2nd, 2008

poetry, exceptindreams

351: Luck in Sarajevo

"Luck in Sarajevo"
Izet Sarajlić

In Sarajevo
in the spring of 1992,
everything is possible:

you go to stand in a bread line
and end up in an emergency room
with your leg amputated.

Afterwards, you still maintain
that you were very lucky.

translated from Serbo-Croat by Charles Simic