The Poem About That

by Evelina Rudan


The Poem About That

what kind of plants reside among the leaves of certain books

and how did they come to the great day at the Fair

at the crossroads of civilizations:

in cars, wagons, airplanes,

on tails, through veins, on wings,

through leaves,  bark,

and a silk moth.

Yes, the Fair was big,

there was a speaker on the platform

(a folding stool placed to the side)

and it had ladies with long gown dresses,

and noblemen kissing the ground

and kids entertained by clapper toys

and nurses's breasts.

There were all sort of brownies, ginger bread

some incense sticks,

and cloth footballs rolling over to one's feet

right next to the sellers', buyers', fire-eaters' feet,

next to the feet, the facial tic

blinking from too much light

for it was a warm and shiny day,

utterly bright.

Because the brightness and dry air

everyone imbibed too much orange juice

and waited for that book

with the leaves to which the plants have crawled over.

Will they be there

when once again I look out

well, that I don't know.

© translated by Boris Gregorić

Pjesma o tome

kakve biljke stanuju u listovima nekih knjiga

i na koji su način došle do velikog sajmenog dana

na križanju civilizacija:

kolima, vagonima, avionima,

repovima, žilama, krilima,

lišćem, korom,

i dudovim svilcem.

A sajam bijaše velik,

imao je govornika na postolju

(tronožac neki stajao sa strane)

i dame kojima se haljine povlačile po tlu,

i plemenitu gospodu koja su tlo ljubila

i djecu zabavljenu klepetaljkama

i dojiljinim prsima.

Bilo je još tu i svakakvih medenjaka, paprenjaka

 i nekih mirisavih štapića,

i platnenih lopti što su se kotrljale tik do nogu

tik do nogu prodavača, kupovača, progutača,

tik do nogu, tik na licu

žmirkanje od svjetla

jer bio je to topao i blještav dan,

vedar posvema.

Od vedrine i suhog zraka

svi se podnapili narančina soka

i čekali korice za onu knjigu

onih listova do koje su dopuzale biljke.

Hoće li one biti tamo

 i kad drugi put pogledam

 e, to ne znam.

© Evelina Rudan