Saša Basić was born in Croatia and moved to Australia in 2014. For him, writing poetry is an act of self love. After years of wanting to express his life through written word, he finally decided to give it a go and wrote his first poem in 2020. Ever since, poems just started to unfold one by one, as if they were telling the story of ‘The Journey of The Soul.’ Saša is an entrepreneur, avid trail runner and nature lover. He enjoys cooking and shares the passion for plant-based food with his community.
This poem was originally written in Croatian, Saša’s mother tongue, and is provided in its original form, as well as with an English translation (kindly provided by Dunja Kaczmarek and Saša), below.
I look at hands that are no more
Slowly, I take a black pencil swollen from the weight of all the words written over the years
My heart aches at the very thought that everything that is said has to see the light of day
From tired lips, words that no one here understands anymore spring forth
Every thought is known in advance
There’s a great anticipation in something reminiscent of air
The possibility of merging two realities evokes a sense of awakening
I witness the birth of a star
What did I do to deserve it?
Adorned in red light, I watch life looming in the distance as if through a slight haze
This cluster of moments effortlessly manages to elicit happiness
I drop the pencil and peacefully set off
Gledam u ruke kojih više nema
Polako uzimam crnu olovku napuklu od težine ispisanih riječi svih ovih godina
Srce me zaboli od same pomisli da sve što je izrečeno mora ugledati svjetlo dana
Iz umornih usta naviru riječi koje ovdje nitko više ne razumije
Svaka misao unaprijed je znana
U nečemu što podsjeća na zrak osjeća se veliko iščekivanje
Mogućnost spajanja dviju stvarnosti izaziva osjećaj buđenja
Svjedočim rođenju zvijezde
Čime sam to zaslužio?
Obučen u crveno svjetlo promatram kako se u daljini kao kroz blagu sumaglicu nazire život
Ta nakupina trenutaka sa lakoćom uspijeva izmamiti sreću
Ispuštam olovku i u miru odlazim
© Saša Basić, 2021