Blunt Knives

by Asja Bakić


Blunt Knives

While you’re cleaning mussels in the kitchen with a blunt knife

in the room next door your computer restores

to factory settings

hard disk, hard shells -

your life isn't too difficult

 

but if you were to exhibit it in a museum or a gallery

people would be confused standing in front of it

asking in amazement what is it

what are they looking for

 

from the distance they wouldn’t see the bigger picture

up close they wouldn’t see the important details

 

the human view is unreliable, dull -

it only scrapes the surface

© translated by Asja Bakić

Tupi noževi

Dok tupim nožem čistiš dagnje u kuhinji

u susjednoj se sobi tvoje računalo vraća

na tvorničke postavke

tvrdi disk, tvrde školjke -

tvoj život nije pretjerano težak

 

ali da ga izlože u muzeju ili galeriji

ljudi bi zbunjeno stajali ispred njega

i začuđeno pitali što je tu bitno

u što treba gledati

 

iz daljine ne bi vidjeli širu sliku

iz blizine ne bi vidjeli bitne detalje

 

ljudski je pogled nepouzdan, tup –

struže samo po površini

© Asja Bakić