Poetry from Emina Delilovic-Kevric

Young European woman with dark blonde hair and a multicolored turtleneck sweater. She's reading a book and posing out near trees and a snowbank.
Emina Delilovic-Kevric

About loneliness

I was chasing a rabbit around the apartment

Throughout my whole dream last night

In a hurry I broke glasses in vain

And banged my head on the poles

The rabbit was always faster

That white noble rabbit with glasses

What would make the perfect pet

He always looked one step ahead

He didn’t smell and he wasn’t scary

When I saw that I was too short to catch him

I was looking for a hole to crawl into

Because there were never any magic potions in my house

That’s how I would trick a rabbit

Maybe he’ll follow me into a cool fairy tale

On the TV they broadcast devastating and relentless

spring rains

I should never have trusted the spring rain

Nor that there is a hole here in which I can save myself

Before I turned off the TV.

Before I woke up.

And drank the first morning coffee.

I don’t know why I’m smiling so much,

And the morning has just begun

It’s just that my siphon broke again.

And my home is being soaked in strange waters

Foreign worlds

You have no right to complain, I’m telling to mine

interlocutor for whom I prepared a cup of coffee.

Love, let’s go buy a rabbit

He answered before calling the repairman

You’re too lonely, and it’s been raining for days.

I’m afraid for you, he said before I could

say anything.

Emina Đelilović-Kevrić (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) After studying the b/h/s (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) language and literature at the Philosophical Faculty in Zenica she got her master’s degree on the subject “Memory construction in the South Slavic interlinear community: typical models of the war camp experience in literature.” She is the author of the poetry collection “This time without history” and the short stories collection “Erased lives.” Her collection of poems “My son and I” was awarded by the Publishing Foundation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2021. In 2022 she won the second place in the international literature competition “Isnam Taljić.” She is the winner of the second award for the best short story of the regional literature competition “Zija Dizdarević” 2022, and she won first place in international literature competition “Nastavi priču“. In 2023 she won third place in the international poetry competition “Ossi di Seppia“ in Italy.

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  1. Dream poems are always favorites of mine. Love the phrase “my home is being soaked in strange waters.”

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