The origin of birds

by Ana Brnardić


The origin of birds

The birds were first inanimate, golden

Then their eyes were mailed from the depths of the ocean

God squeezed feathers out of his own pillow

Beaks were made from the forest thorns

 

One dawn they were borne out of dark

Inside of the marine blue body of dew

Only to find their nest behind the man's forehead.

© translated by Damir Šodan

Postanak ptica

Ptice su prvo bile nežive, zlatne.

Oči su im zatim stigle poštom iz morskih dubina,

perje je iz svoga jastuka poslao bog,

kljun je od trnja iz šume

 

Rodile se jedne zore iz mraka

u tamnoplavom tijelu od rose

i pronašle stan u čovjekovu čelu

© Ana Brnardić