People of Our Age

People of Our Age

Pero Zubac

People of our age,
Venture into love gingerly
Like non-swimmers into the shallow water,
Like politicians into arrangements,
For sheer fear of loving again,
For insecurity,
Though they have mastered love skills
All too well a long time ago
And might serve as fine role-models
For the inexperienced,
They will remain aflame
Confident and proud in the street
Among other people,
Only in cold nights,
All alone and unwary,
They will step out into the dazed snow
And cry out loud.

Translation by:
Ljiljana Parović

Ljudi u našim godinama

Ljudi u našim godinama
ulaze u ljubav oprezno,
kao neplivači u plitku vodu,
kao političari u kombinacije,
iz čistog straha od ponovnog voljenja,
iz nesigurnosti,
a oni su zanate ljubavi
već dobrano izučili
i mogli bi biti od slatke
pouke neiskusnima,
no ostaće zavatreni
a sigurni i uspravni na ulici,
međ ljudima,
samo će u hladnim noćima,
sami i prepoznati odjednom,
izaći na začuđen sneg
i glasno zaplakati.

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