Sarajevo brush with immortality Sarajevo is wasteland of a courage story Sarajevo plays itself out with history Sarajevo is nobility besieged with equivalent guilt Atavism bury punishment with no partisan promise Sarajevo cannot resist justice Ismailovich play requiem for Sarajevo with his cello In memoriam quixotic albinonis adagio Romanticising the Sarajevo victims in the bread queue While Sarajevo is waiting for Clinton, NATO Sarajevo is waiting for Godot Sarajevo is waiting for water for power Waiting for gunshots from mount Igmo Waiting for sniper fire for tank shell A blast to remind the buried peace Sarajevo is calling the dead Waiting for peace in pieces moribond Sarajevo is no Vietnam of 60s Sarajevo is no Spain of 30s Sarajevo is a waiting game from within Range of guns fixed Serbian The stage is set for becket for real Waiting for Godot in the siege Godot now 40 years old still somewhere In Paris London New York or Berlin As if destined for Sarajevo musing Vladimir and estragon transposed in time Waiting for eternity in futility Hope in Sarajevo city fratricide ring true Waiting in silence in memoriam for a monumental Godot To come from the dark and save Sarajevo in one dawn From arms and embargo While the war drums beat to lift The European Community's siege Sarajevo in limbo is waiting endlessly For Orwell or Hemingway come galloping in cut limbs Death is every corner every step every street Moral choices reduced to nil Death marks hurriedly crashing One day in a football field Or in a graveyard while mourning In perfect spring sunshine promising In Sarajevo Godot is never Zagreb, 12 September 1993
Requiem for Sarajevo II
Guilty or not guilty Europe in the dock? Guilty or not guilty America plead Of criminal negligence guilty perhaps Guilty morally by unanimity guilty is not? Of moral bankruptcy Sheltered comfort of mind Politically doomed incorrect or not But ity is the stage fright that shock That accurately repeat performance of hit and run It is the tragedy of tolerance For extreme misdeed Sarajevo stand up and confess your sins For Europe, for Russia, America, Sarajevo does not exist Delete the year that nas ninety three - from history The year of steadfast reluctance to intervene To stop this thief to steal the land To stop the butcher to kill for nothing The dead skyrocketed in saraj evo cemeteries Sarajevo is one big graveyard of our sins In the onslaught of hate and greed Epidemic of crime catch up declared victor Cold sarajevo nights are still illuminate d By candles of grief Sarajevo defy the time defy us all Like Saigon like Berlin like Beirut In the seventies, fifties, and the eighties recall Sarajevo is the witness of our cynicism A roadshow to watch at best Serb gunners practice marksmanship in the heads Of children at play - all shot in the head - no miss Airstrikes come one day in fairytales told Sarajevo count not the dead But the living few that stay instead.