Blesok no. 90, May-June, 2013
Poetry


A Planet of Robots
Translated by Novica Petrović

Milan Dobričić



Blind


made to work in the dark
thrown out into the light
on account of the crowd
strengthened soles
arm lengthened three times
ending with a big finger
for feeling things




Deaf


made with a wall surrounding him
to work in peace
on account of the crowd
thrown out amongst the others
made to rely on them
he feels the wall
learns the morse code
for the purpose of communication




Runner


made with wheels in place of legs
to be faster
on account of the crowd
left without a motor
to push himself
running in a circle




Pusher


made to push a runner
instead of a motor
his arms screwed into his back
on account of the crowd
he pushes and pulls him
outside the circle




Thinker


made to think
has a head
no legs
or arms
on account of the crowd
can do nothing by himself
except think




Prophet


made to discern the future
with all his limbs useless
with a head twisted in a trance
with a gaping drooling mouth
with hoarse vocal chords
on account of the crowd
he wanders around
misunderstood




Warrior


made to spend himself
on account of the crowd
to lose his leg
or half an arm
they easily slip him another one
somebody else’s or brand new
to carry on then
until the end




Distant


made to be close by
on account of the crowd
with wrongly connected wires
occasionally he is close by
otherwise somewhere deep within himself
far away beside himself
he sings dances laughs
cries howls
screams




The Others


and billions of those
who make them
on account of the crowd




__________________________________________________________
created by