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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

 

 

looking-glass?

 

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps it's a

 

 

nightmare about the day

 

 

of my slow daily dying!

 


translated from Bulgarian

Belin Tonchev


Last modified: November 15, 1997

p-miltenoff@nwu.edu