Body is a Migrating Stone

by Dorta Jagić


Body is a Migrating Stone

there are times when body desires to abandon its dark litter,
but from its birth house to the distant seas and mountains
all nails and petals hit at it, everything hurts, hurts
as it falls towards the bottom. because it is mortal.
among the stones
there is no stone as heavy as
the human body. corpus delicti.
and so friable when jabbed by the boundaries of tenderness.
corpus delicate.
body is a gemstone brimming with blood
and it is the heaviest to lift up once it dies.

body is a stone which ascends the easiest
migrates from its bottom upwards,
even flies into the sky
like corpus christi
when someone's much awaited I LOVE YOU
pierces into its spirit, 
inflates it and illuminates it
to gleam like a fountain in Barcelona.

Translated from Croatian by Miloš Đuđević and Damir Šodan