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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

In the dark




It hurts when I open my eyes



to see the roots of trees



growing upwards. Oh, yes, it



hurts, it hurts so much to see



the tender leaves feeding



ravenous roots.






I grind my teeth when I see



office dogs chase a panther



with tail tucked in for fear. I



cry out with anger for I just



can't take it as redemption



for original sin.






I am astonished that brute force has



defeated thought. I cry frantically and



ask: What kind of story is this? Why



instead of the promised freedom did I



get a 'unified citizens' number'? UCN



5105047560 Christ, am I looking at it



from a headstand? Or through a









Or perhaps it's a



nightmare about the day



of my slow daily dying!


translated from Bulgarian

Belin Tonchev

Last modified: November 15, 1997