For the Important Ones

For the Important Ones

By Desanka Maksimović

-I seek a pardon-

I seek a pardon
For those who have invitations
For every pageant and fair,
For the one who even on a train,
At a banquet, in the house of prayer,
And in heaven has a place reserved,
For the ones who, during their lifetime,
Know where they will be buried sometime;
For the people who may awaited be
By ships at every ocean or sea,
And by an anchor in every shipwreck,
Which offers security for the lot
Of the merciful angels we know or know not.

For they will be disappointed
When in the darkness profound
Where everything is mixed up
They fail to feel a single button,
A single bell,
To call for help, or
To find a single ship in their quest,
To sail back to your palace
Or proceed to the Promised
Land of the blessed.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Za važne

-tražim pomilovanje-

Tražim pomilovanje
za one koji imaju pozivnice
za svaku povorku i panoramu,
za čoveka koga i u vozu,
i na gozbi, i u hramu,
i u raju, numerisano mesto čeka,
za one koji još za veka
grobnicu gde će leći znaju;
Za ljude koje na svakoj vodi
čekaju brodi
i kotva u svakom brodolomu,
kojima su svi znani i neznani
anđeli milosrđa osigurani.

Jer biće za njih razočarenje
kada usred velikog mraka
gde sve se izmeša
ne mognu napipati nijedno dugme,
nijedno zvonce,
kojima se u pomoć zove,
kad ne mognu naći nijednog broda
ni da se vrate, do tvoje palate,
ni da produže do obećanog
nebeskog svoda.

desanka-maksimovic

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