I Seek a Pardon

I Seek a Pardon

By Desanka Maksimović

I seek a pardon
For those who have no strength
To tell an evil man that he is evil
Or a bad man that he is bad;
For the one who regrets to make
Another man unhappy with the truth,
For the people who lie out of mercy.
For the man who would rather be
Humiliated than to humiliate,
For the one who, even if he discerns
A mask on a face,
Has no heart to tear it off,
For the people who cannot offend
A man of a different faith or belief,
To whom all judges seem stern
For each merciful falsehood and
Many other similar weaknesses.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Tražim pomilovanje

Tražim pomilovanje
Za one koji nemaju snage
Zlome kazati da je zao
Niti rdjavome da je rdjav
Za onoga kom je žao čoveka
Istinom unesrećiti,
Za ljude koji lažu iz milosrdja.
Za čoveka koji će ponižen biti
Radije nego da nekog ponizi,
Za onoga koji i kad nazre
Obrazinu koju na licu
Nema srca da je zdere,
Za ljude koji ne mogu da uvrede
Ni čoveka druge misli I vere
Kojima se sve sudije čine stroge
Za svaku milosrdnu lažnu priču
I slične njima slabosti mnoge.

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