The Veil

The Veil

By Ivo Andrić

A cold, starry sky,
a frothy sea and a north wind.

I actually do not know where I am,
Where to go or who I am waiting for
This night.

With my back against the deep sea, I slowly
move further inland.

But, whenever I turn around, I see:
There, along the margin of the sea,
Walks a thin and white woman.
And I pause to observe her veil
Being borne by the wind.
Neither fast, nor high,
But further and further from me.

Translation by:
Ljiljana Parović

Veo

Hladno zvezdano nebo,
zapenjeno more i severni vetar.

Sam ne znam pravo gde sam,
kuda bih, ni koga čekam
u ovoj noći.

Okrenut ledjima pučini, sporo odmičem
sve dalje u kopno.

Ali kad god se okrenem, vidim:
tamo, ivicom mora,
vitka i bela žena ide.
I stanem i gledam kako
njen veo vetar nosi.
Ne brzo, ne visoko,
ali sve dalje od mene.

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