TITO APOCRYPHA

by Tomica Bajsić


TITO APOCRYPHA

Tito gnaws a pig’s head in the attic

eyeing the street in fear that his parents might catch him

I don’t give a damn / he thinks / I’ll escape on my bicycle

 

Tito riding a tram in Vienna under cover

wearing his best grey suit thinking:

why should I be any worse than those students?

 

don’t marry her

marry me

 

Tito riding over Mt Romanija

followed by old Nazor stumbling through the snow

Vladimir Vladimir / thinks Tito benevolently

 

Tito waving at the rows of kids from his Mercedes

red bandannas are tied around their necks like nooses / the Sun

will once grow dark / ponders Tito philosophically

 

Tito is elegant even in death

here are the mourners listed alphabetically:

 

bears rhinos lions / chess players

cineastes / circus acrobats / clerks

corn seller at work station no 7

Cuban cigar industry / employees of the Institute for the History

of the Working Class Movement / the English Queen

Greenpeace activists / heads of the tenant’s councils

historic figures / hippies / honour students

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez a.k.a. “Carlos” / men with moustaches

officers from firemen’s clubs / opera singers

presidents of fishermen’s societies / pretty women

primary school teachers / punks / reserve policemen

retired warrant officers / Sai Baba

soccer players / tailors

 

Tito showed up again in a balloon above eastern Africa

pointing his binoculars at a herd of zebras

those devils with stripes / thinks Tito to himself / they are all the same

 

don’t marry her

marry me

 

Tito says NO to Stalin and Stalin

responds I don’t care anymore / who gives a fuck

do you know how to calculate?

I have twenty one thousand eight hundred and fifty six of them

ground into the leaves of the Katyn forest / I have three hundred thousand

secretly burried ones

I have ten million of those liquidated in liquidations

I have all of their IDs / the photographs of their children / the letters

filled with unwarranted optimism / their pencils / small change

I’ve got them all neatly placed on file

Translated from Croatian by Damir Šodan

APOKRIFI O TITU

Tito glođe svinjsku glavu na tavanu

jednim okom vreba ulicu da ga roditelji ne uhvate

baš me briga / misli / pobjeći ću biciklom

 

Tito ilegalno u bečkom tramvaju

obukao je svoje najbolje sivo odijelo

misli: što sam ja gori od tih studenata?

 

Tito je Walter / John Smith / Fantomas / Caspar

Hauser / Howard Hughes / Tito je alias / alias je Tito

koliko imam imena / divi se Tito sam sebi

 

Tito jaši Romanijom

iza njega starina Nazor posrće kroz snijeg

Vladimire Vladimire / misli Tito dobrohotno

 

Tito maše okupljenoj djeci iz Mercedesa

crvene marame im vezane kao omčice oko vrata / i sunce

će se jednom ugasiti / misli Tito filozofski

 

Tito je elegantan u smrti

spisak neutješnih po abecednom redu:

akrobati u cirkusu / činovnici / djelatnici

Instituta za historiju radničkog pokreta /

engleska kraljica / filmski radnici / hipiji /

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez a.k.a. Carlos / krojači /

kubanska industrija cigara / lijepe žene /

ljudi koji nose brkove / medvjedi nosorozi lavovi /

nastavnici u osnovnim školama / nogometaši /

oficiri iz vatrogasnih domova / odlični učenici /

operni pjevači / povijesne ličnosti / predsjednici

ribičkih društava / prodavači kukuruza na radnom

mjestu broj. 7 / pankeri / rezervni milicioneri /

Sai Baba / šahisti / šefovi kućnih savjeta /

umirovljeni stariji vodnici / zeleni

 

Tito se pojavio u balonu iznad istočne Afrike

spušta dalekozor na krdo zebri

prugasti đavli / misli Tito / svi su isti

 

Tito kaže NE Staljinu a Staljin

njemu baš me briga / ko te jebe

umiješ li računati?

imam ih dvadesetjednu tisuću osamstopedesetšest

umrvljenih u lišće Katynske šume / imam ih tristo tisuća

zakopanih krišom

imam ih deset milijuna likvidiranih likvidacijama

imam sve njihove papire / fotografije njihove djece / pisma puna

neopravdanog optimizma / njihove olovke / sitan novac

imam ih sve čitko provedene kroz knjige