Solitude

Solitude

By Miroslav Antić

You will recognize your strength by
Your ability to
Endure solitude.

Gigantic stars dwell alone
At the edges of the universe.
Tiny and perplexed
They are condensed into galaxies.

Sequoya seeds choose open spaces
With a lot of sunlight, hurricanes and air.
Fern seeds retreat into rainforests.

An eagle has never been in need of
Meeting some other eagle.
Ants invented nations.

You will recognize your strength by
Your ability to
Cope with a moment,
For a moment is harder,
And more terrifying and longer
Than time and eternity.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Samoća

Svoju snagu prepoznaćeš po tome
Koliko si u stanju
Da izdržiš samoću.

Džinovske zvezde samuju
Na ivicama svemira.
Sitne i zbunjene
Sabijaju se u galaksije.

Seme sekvoje bira čistine
Sa mnogo sunca, uragana i vazduha.
Seme paprati zavlači se u prašume.

Orao nikad nije imao potrebu
Da se upozna sa nekim drugim orlom.
Mravi su izmislili narode.

Svoju snagu prepoznaćeš po tome
Koliko si u stanju
Da prebrodiš trenutak,
Jer trenutak je teži
I strašniji i duži
Od vremena i večnosti.

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