The Hanging of Grandma Minka

by Asja Bakić


The Hanging of Grandma Minka

                                                    To grandma Minka

 

Let’s get one thing straight:

grandma Minka never

hanged herself.

After a game of cards

she would go to get her

checkered belt and hang herself

in the bathroom

grandpa Avdo would get up slowly

from the table and calmly call

grandma Minka to come back

and without waiting for her to return

he would sit back again

take the deck of cards in his hands

knowing that grandma Minka

prefers cards

to hanging

© translated by Asja Bakić

Vješanje bake Minke

                                                   Baki Minki

 

Da odmah razjasnimo:

Baka Minka se nikada

Nije objesila.

Odlazila bi poslije

Partije karata po svoj

Karirani kaiš da se objesi o

Vodokotlić

U WC-u

Dida Avdo bi ustajao polagano

I smireno pozivao

Baku Minku da izađe

I ne čekaujći

Vraćao se za sto

I uzimao špil

Znajući da je baki Minki

Draže kartanje

Nego vješanje

© Asja Bakić