Ni Bogova Ni Molitava

prayer nor gods

Ni bogova ni molitava

Ni bogova ni molitava!
Pa ipak biva ponekad da čujem
Nešto kao molitven šapat u sebi.
To se moja stara i večno živa želja
Javlja odnekud iz dubina
I tihim glasom traži malo mesta
U nekom od beskrajnih vrtova rajskih,
Gde bih najposle našao ono
Što sam oduvek uzalud tražio ovde:
Širinu i prostranstvo, otvoren vidik,
Malo slobodna daha.

by Ivo Andric

Translation for English:


Neither gods nor prayer

Neither gods nor prayer!
Yet occasionally I’ll hear in me
Something like a praying whisper.
That’s my old and eternal wish
Appearing from deep within
And soft-voiced it asks for a bit of room
In one of the infinite heavenly gardens,
Where I would finally find that
Which I always sought here in vain:
Breadth and vastness, an open view,
A little respite.

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