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Kata Kulavkova, from Six Macedonian Poets

A Macedonian Tale

Once there was a tribe
that spoke many languages.

And had many names —
for it conquered many worlds.
And many more remained beyond reach —
only to find many more behind.
And it stirred great envy —
among its own.
And forgot that tragedies, always
happen at home.

Time passed and so were lost
the translation of names,
people and faiths.

One day, it turned into
a fruit of discord.

And there it remains, keeping in its own shadow
in a last attempt to save itself.