Bare Face

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A bold and stark poem by Tatjana

I’ve been sick since the very start,
I don’t care up to the very end of the game.
They lost it.
What about the other man?
In the twentieth chapter in the eight line
He was betrayed by the bare face.
In the twenty-third chapter,
It was goodbye.
The same face under the hat,
Bare face.



Tatjana explores the emptiness and futility of relationship in this evocative poem.

Fulfill your Wishes

Fulfill your wishes, go on.
Let the most beautiful melody start,
Let the breath be so near.
Steal dreams from the pillow.
Be here, stir up imagination.
Like this romantic tonight.
Stay, take over me!
Carry me! Take my clothes off!
Let me run through your veins.
Take my clothes off tonight, take me to the dawn.

The walls of your own heart you can tear down
And just one name carve there.
You take one owner there and lock in forever.
Poisoned blood you cannot change,
Only that someone stays there.
And all happening then, is not simple anymore.
When it starts, the chaos turns out!


Illustration by: Dragoljub Djuričić

English translation: Danijela Milosavljević

Tatjana Debeljacki writes poems, short stories, stories, and haiku. She is a member of the Association of Writers of Serbia, UKS, since 2004. She is in the Haiku Society of Serbia; is the deputy editor of ‘Diogen’, and editor of the magazine, ‘Poeta’.