ARCHITECTURE

by Alen Brlek


ARCHITECTURE

We should find a place, an open intention
which doesn’t deprive. Like dams
built by beavers. We should
lift the belly skywards, invite god
to lay his head down and try to sleep.
We should give up on the right angles
and other things that cannot be touched,
forever split the heart in two with our thumbs like an apple,
give the pieces to children.
We should decant, as if a flock of birds into the crown of a tree,
humans into humans.

Translated from the Croatian by Mirza Puric

ARHITEKTURA

Treba pronaći mjesto, otvorenu namjeru
koja ne uskraćuje. Poput brana
koje grade dabrovi. Treba
trbuh podići nebu, pozvati boga
da nasloni glavu, proba zaspati.
Treba odustati od pravih kutova
i ostaloga što se ne može dotaknuti,
raspolavljati srce palčevima kao jabuku unedogled,
podijeliti djeci.
Treba sasuti, kao jato ptica u krošnju,
ljude u ljude.