WE ARE CHILDREN! SHOOT!

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TamoiOvde-poruka-21LEBAC MI SUTRA NEMOJTE POSLATI…(0vde)

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KRVAVA BAJKA

Bilo je to u nekoj zemlji seljaka
na brdovitom Balkanu,
umrla je mučeničkom smrću
četa đaka
u jednom danu.

Iste su godine
svi bili rođeni,
isto su im tekli školski dani,
na iste svečanosti
zajedno su vođeni,
od istih bolesti svi pelcovani
i svi umrli u istom danu.

Bilo je to u nekoj zemlji seljaka
na brdovitom Balkanu
umrla je junačkom smrću
četa đaka
u istom danu.

A pedeset i pet minuta
pre smrtnog trena
sedela je u đačkoj klupi
četa malena
i iste zadatke teške
rešavala: koliko može
putnik ako ide peške…
i tako redom.

Misli su im bile pune
i po sveskama u školskoj torbi
besmislenih ležalo je bezbroj
petica i dvojki.
Pregršt istih snova
i istih tajni
rodoljubivih i ljubavnih
stiskali su u dnu džepova.
I činilo se svakom
da će dugo
da će vrlo dugo
trčati ispod svoda plava
dok sve zadatke na svetu
ne posvršava.

Bilo je to u nekoj zemlji seljaka
na brdovitom Balkanu
umrla je junačkom smrću
četa đaka
u istom danu.

Dečaka redovi celi
uzeli se za ruke
i sa školskog zadnjeg časa
na streljanje pošli mirno
kao da smrt nije ništa.

Drugova redovi celi
istog časa se uzneli
do večnog boravišta.

Desanka Maksimović

 

A BLOODY FAIRYTALE

It was in a land of peasants
in the mountainous Balkans,
a company of schoolchildren
died a martyr’s death
in one day.

They were all born
in the same year
their school days passed the same
taken together
to the same festivities,
vaccinated against the same diseases,
and all died on the same day.

It was in a land of peasants
in the mountainous Balkans,
a company schoolchildren
died a martyr’s death
in one day.

And fifty-five minutes
before the moment of death
the company of small ones
sat at its desk
and the same difficult assignments
they solved: how far can a
traveler go if he is on foot…
and so on.

Their thoughts were full
of the same numbers
and throughout their notebooks in school bags
lay an infinite number
of senseless A’s and F’s.
A pile of the same dreams
and the same secrets
patriotic and romantic
they clenched in the depths of their pockets.
and it seemed to everyone
that they will run
for a long time beneath the blue arch
until all the assignments in the world
are completed.

It was in a land of peasants
in the mountainous Balkans,
a company of small ones
died a martyr’s death
in one day.

Whole rows of boys
took each other by the hand
and from their last class
went peacefully to slaughter
as if death was nothing.

Whole lines of friends
ascended at the same moment
to their eternal residence.

Desanka Maksimovich

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Translation from Serbian language:
© 1999 Sarah O’Keeffe
E-mail: <sqokeeffe@yahoo.com>

 

КРОВОВАя СКАЗКА

(отрывок)

Это случилось в одном государстве балканском —
в горном, крестьянском.
Горькое там приключилось злосчастье
с группой ребят —
целым классом пали они в одночасье
смертью героев.

Все они были ровесники,
все — одногодки.
Вместе учились и вместе играли,
хором стихи наизусть повторяли.
Вместе ходили к врачам на прививки.
Все у них общее было:
уроки, болезни, привычки.
Вместе они и погибли.

. . .

Это случилось в одном государстве балканском —
в горном, крестьянском.
Горькое там приключилось злосчастье
с группой ребят —
целым классом пали они в одночасье
смертью героев.

За руки взявшись,
пошли они на смерть рядами.
Самые слабые дети и те не рыдали.
После уроков,
сложив аккуратно тетрадки,
шли на расстрел они поступью твердой
в полном порядке,
прямо и гордо.
За руки взявшись
прямо под пули
Эти ребята навстречу бессмертью шагнули.

Десанка Максимович

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«Зеленый витязь». — Москва. Детская литература, 1977.

 

“We are Serbian children! Shoot!”

The dramatic framework of the poem “A Bloody Fairytale” is the element that makes it an exceptional poem. In this case, the event is the not the usual death by accident, ill health or old age. This poem memorializes the deaths of seven thousands (7,000) of schoolchildren, who were selected, with incomprehensible malice, especially because they were children and their deaths would punctuate more fully the German call to end resistance. The only allusion to something of a military nature in the poem is the use of the word “cheta”. This word is usually used to describe a group of soldiers. With her line “a company of small ones”, referring to the children, Maksimovic makes a particularly ironic statement: the innocent children are being punished in a manner so brutal it is not fit for even the soldiers of the enemy.

She compares the children’s death to that of a martyr and she respectfully refrains from mentioning those responsible for their death, as it would ruin the forlorn and grief-stricken tone of the poem with anger. Rage will not bring the little martyrs back. All that remains is to immortalize them with an appropriate lamentation.

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From the Sarah’s work:
“Poetry As Memory”, 1999.

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