Social-realism

by Asja Bakić


Social-realism

I'm grating raw cabbage and washing it in the bathtub all day long

Setting the table for a family dinner -

We'll talk about socialism

Grandpa is there and I say:

I was the happiest during socialism

I check to see if there’s enough cabbage for all

I placed a plate for my grandma and my aunt

But only grandpa and I comment the

Newspaper article attached to the laundry rope

The Milky-white ant rapidly passes across the table

I barely see it -

It’s still too small to be red

How is the cabbage, I ask

No one responds -

The dead talk only about important things

© translated by Asja Bakić

Soc-realizam

Čitav dan rendam sirov kupus i perem ga u kadi

Postavljam sto za porodični ručak –

Pričat ćemo o socijalizmu

Dida je tu i kažem:

Najsretnija sam bila u socijalizmu

Gledam ima li kupusa za sve

Stavila sam tanjir i za baku i tetku

Ali samo dida i ja komentarišemo

Novinski članak zakačen za štrik za sušenje veša

Mliječnobijeli mrav žurno prelazi sto

Jedva ga uočavam –

Još je mali da bi bio crven

Kakav je kupus, pitam

Niko ne odgovara –

Mrtvi pričaju samo o važnim stvarima

© Asja Bakić