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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 103-104 | volume  | December, 2015



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 103-104December, 2015
Poetry

Poetry

Translated by: Emilija Kovilovska


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Slavcho Koviloski

DÉJÀ VU
MY LIFE
TEN LIVES
WHEN THE BIRDS WERE SINGING, AND THERE WAS NO ONE TO HEAR THEM

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MY LIFE

    Mine – yours, communism to the fullest, capitalism that sucks,
    transition without end, privatization without capital,
    Marx without Engels, bureaucrats and oligarchs all around,
    a heat stroke and polar winter, an ozone hole and the Antarctic without ice,
    a flood of the Vardar and Pelagonia sunheat,
    double-decker buses reeking of onion and sweat.
  
    And:
    a faculty on credit, Ph.D. studies on credit,
    a car on credit, an apartment on credit,
    a boiler on credit, a TV set on credit.
  
    Or:
    bread with credit card, a gum with credit card,
    beer with credit card, juice with credit card,
    gasoline and oil with credit card,
    bills with credit card.
  
    And yet:
    a bus ticket in cash
    shoes cleaning in cash
    pumpkin and sunflower seeds in cash
    a bouquet of flowers in cash
    a tip in cash
    a whore in cash.
  
    But:
    breathing air for free,
    drinking water from a public fountain for free,
    a public toilet for free,
    walking along the river quay for free,
    ill-treatment from the teller for free,
    closing the eyes for free.
  
    Well, that’s my life.






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