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Nikolai Kolev-Bosiya (1951-)

Studied Russian Philology at Sofia University. Persecutedfor his political convictions and was sent to prison, the sond time without any indictment.

Nikolai Kolev-Bosiya
Position

 

 

I'm painting a little black

 

 

cross on my forehead so

 

 

that the enemy can take

 

 

better aim. I don't advertise

 

 

my absence of fear. I know

 

 

that the killer would not

 

 

understand. He would just

 

 

draw a dot on the bull's eye

 

 

and his level finger would

 

 

pull the trigger. A hole

 

 

would gape open in the

 

 

smashed forehead, in the

 

 

middle of that noble Cross

 

 

of the Bible. Then I would

 

 

take from the thick pulp

 

 

some thought and blood,

 

 

some brains and a cry and

 

 

with it I'd paint the dire

 

 

picture of life, and with it,

 

 

I'd write my tenderest poem.


translated from Bulgarian

Belin Tonchev


Last modified: November 15, 1997

p-miltenoff@nwu.edu