“Before the sea, as before death, I have no secrets”

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Before the sea, as before death, I have no secrets
-Vesna Parun
If you seek a path to my soul
take me to the stormy sea.

There you’ll find the unearthed temple,
the ruins of my life; and the plateau of my youth
enclosed by a wall of fig trees.
There you’ll witness the ancient lament of my thighs,
that have brought pagan gods to their knees.

Before the sea, as before death, I have no secrets.
The earth and moon become my body.
Love transplants my thoughts
into the gardens of eternity.

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Pred morem, kao pred smrću, nemam tajne
Ako tražiš put u moju dušu
odvedi me moru olujnom.

Ondje ćeš vidjeti otkrit život moj
kao razvaljen hram; moju mladost
smokvama ograđenu visoravan.
Moja bedra: drevnu tužaljku
radi koje poganski bogovi
kleče na koljenima.

Pred morem, kao pred smrću, nemam tajne.
Zemlja i mjesec postaju moje tijelo.
Ljubav presađuje moje misli
u vrtove vječnosti.

Photo by Witch Kiki on Unsplash

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