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Bridge Of Visegrad, Zagreb 1994


Bridge Of Visegrad

From the bridge of Visegrad
I write this letter and respectfully sign
Dear Mehmet Pasah Sokolovic
Grand Vezier of Visegrad
At the port-sublime of the magnificent Sultan
I stand bu your town and admire
This master bridge that bears
Witness to our common past
At Visegrad
Your bridge span over time
Timeless immemorable in heavy silence sunk
In eleven arches of peace anchored
Witness to four centuries history in stone
Bridge over drina in Visegrad since
1571 where serb and boshniac muslim mused
befreinded mixed and mingled
dear Pasha Sokoloviç now you must rise
and keep watch over your bridge of harmony
your message of tolerance forgotten or lost
unheeded as I write this letter
your bridge is about to fall
rescue Visegrad is imperative is a must
now no boshniac muslims in Visegrad left
None remain behind since
All traces of ottoman turks erased in Visegrad
History did not happen here as if
But your bridge remain high above enmity yet shaky
Did you know all bosniak muslims expelled
Murdered fled raped
Drina stopped and watched this brutal deed
Drina shamed with blood drina dried
Dear Pasha Sokolovic
I have some good news to report
Remember the thirteen verses inscribed
Reminded the dead and the alive
Glory of your pax ottomana
Ivo andric is here with me also bearing witness to the bridge
Your bridge Pasha Sokolovic your bridge
Is now under siege under a sentence of death
But I trust your message of peace must prevail

Zagreb, 29 October 1994

 
 
 
 
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