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Maja Vidmar, from Six Slovenian Poets


Moja lepa mlada mama
me je vsako jutro prodala.
Težko se je branila mojih
Moja lepa rjavolasa mama
me je vsak popoldan kupila.
Vsak večer
je lepa črnolasa ženska
stala ob moji postelji
in me učila, kako v
nemi grozi odkriješ krik.


My beautiful young mother
sold me each morning.
It was hard for her to resist
my little arms.
My beautiful auburn-haired mother
bought me each afternoon.
Each evening
a beautiful black-haired woman
stood beside my bed
and taught me how,
in mute horror, to find a scream.