The Argonaut Poem


I was grade eight in 1982
I wrote a story for
"Tito's paths of revolution"
competition
about three brothers- Omar, Toma, and Ljuba

I named them after the three
iron mines
Omar after Omarska
Toma after Tomasica
Ljuba after Ljubija

The prize was a trip to the
Adriatic coastal town of Medulin

Ten years later
Mass graves had been
created
Twenty years later,
They were searched for
In Omarska, Tomasica, Ljubija

Ljuba killed Omars while
Toma buried the bodies in mining pits

I wrote a story
On Argonauts
And golden-fleeced ribs
Found in the iron ore
melted into steel

That a ship was built of

My prize was
To captain the ship

Sailing back across the revolutionary path.



ARGONAUTSKA


Godine 1982. bio sam osmi razred
I za takmičenje Titovim stazama revolucije
Napisao priču
O tri brata – Omaru Tomi i Ljubi

Imena sam im dao po tri rudnika željeza
Omar Omarska
Toma Tomašica
Ljuba Ljubija

Dobio sam nagradno ljetovanje
Na jadranskoj obali u Medulinu

Deset su godina kasnije
Grobnice masovne stvarane a dvadeset tražene
U Omarskoj Tomašici Ljubiji

Ljuba je ubijao Omare
Toma sakrivao tijela po rudničkim kopovima

Napisao sam priču
O Argonautima
I zlatnorunim rebrima u rudi željeza nađenim
U čelik pretapanim

Od kojeg je livan brod

Nagradu sam dobio
Da vozim taj brod

Natrag po stazi revolucije



(prepjev na engleski  Zoran Vuković)

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