2 Poems by Zoran Pešić Sigma



Translated by Danijela Trajković


The World is an Infinite Black Mattress

The world is an infinite black mattress
on which small gray beings jump
occasionally God angry
calm down you are going to destroy the springs!
and for some time the small gray stains
keep quiet like naughty scared kids
until God enters the other room


A Bed of Books

It’s comfortable like cresset
for incense

until everything is burnt
there is no luck

there is no smell
there is no sacred curiosity

the past is always naive
like yellowing photography of
missed good intentions
the present never harder time
just to survive
to the first future
until the first turn into a dream

in this bed
we cover ourselves with soft covers
we embrace the pillow in which
pleated naughty stories rustle


About the author:

Zoran Pešić Sigma (1960) is a Serbian poet, writer and editor of Gradina journal. He has published eight collections of poetry, four of prose and two plays. His works have received many awards and have been translated into several languages. He lives and works in Niš, South Serbia.

About the translator:

Danijela Trajković holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy in Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia. She has authored numerous short stories and also is a poet, translator and reviewer. Published by literary magazines, newspapers and anthologies worldwide. Her first book “22 Wagons” was published by Istok Academia, Knjaževac, Serbia, 2018.