MY HEART HAS THE SHAPE OF KOSMET

This poem was sent to me by a Serbian poet who had read an earlier version of this web site. The message here is that in my poems I have missed something of great significance in the consciousness of Serbs. Kosovo is not separate from Serbia: it is the basis of it.

MY HEART HAS THE SHAPE OF KOSMET[1]


                        If I could transplant pain of my people

                        Into my chest,

                        I would sign all anathemas

                        For their salvation



My heart has the shape of Kosmet

It bleeds today downstream the Drim, Lab and Sitnica[2]

While the States and NATO throw bombs

Onto my people and my Gracanica[3]



My heart has the shape of Kosmet

The left atrium is Kosovo

The right atrium is Metohia[4]

The left ventricle is Gracanica

The right ventricle is Visoki Decani[5]



NATO bombs burrow my heart

NATO bombs boil the black Kosovar soil

Which grows sorrow and bitterness instead of peonies[6]

They beat off fairies from the Goles Mountain

Into the abyss—into the black sun of Kosovar tragedy[7]



My heart has the shape of Kosmet

It bleeds today downstream the Drim, Lab and Sitnica

While the States and NATO throw bombs

Onto my people and my Gracanica



Mile Ristovic

Chicago, March 26, 1999

On the way to the anti-war demonstrations when I carried the banner fixed to the broom with the written slogan "United Nothing" (UN)



Translated by :Dragana Konstantinovic



[1] Abbreviated name for Kosovo and Metohia.  In the thousand years
long-history of Serbs, Kosovo and Metohia were for many centuries the state center and chief religious stronghold, the heartland of their culture and springwell of its historical traditions.

[2] Rivers in Kosovo

[3] Gracanica monastery, built by Serbian Holy King Stefan Milutin in 1310.
Monastery was dedicated to the Resurrection of Holy Mother.  Several
missiles hit in the vicinity of the monastery. Detonations and the bomb
parts caused the damages of the Church and the residence house.

[4] Metohia designates the western part of the today's province of Kosovo. It derives its name from the Greek word metohion, pl. metohia, meaning -  monastery estates.  In the Middle Ages all the most important Serb Orthodox Monasteries in the region had their estates in Metohia.

[5] Visoki Decani Monastery, built between1327 and 1335 by St. King Stephen of Decani, dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord.  The monastery is settled in the picturesque valley of the Bistrica river surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Prokletije mountain range  It is the largest and best preserved monastery from the Middle Ages in Serbia.

[6] A wild flower that grows on the Field of Blackbirds.  It is believed
that its red color comes from the blood of Serbian soldiers who lost their
lives in the Battle of Kosovo that took place on that field on June 15,
1389.

[7] The Serbian national ideology which emerged out of Kosovo's tribulations and Kosovo's suffering that are the pillars of that grand edifice that constitutes the Serbian national pantheon.


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