Poetry from Azemina Krehic

European woman with long brown hair, a black top, a sweater with roses, and blue jeans posing in front of a stone archway to a historical city.
Azemina Krehic


I once wrote a song about freedom. And I buried her deep below the threshold of the parents’ house.

Some neighbors saw it and they called me a witch, possessed by a demon. When everything was being killed and demolished, they fled under the frame of mine blue door and they begged me to summon all my spirits.

I put the paper down on the nearest palm, and it just said:

Freedom sometimes lies more peacefully underground, because it prefers free deaths to fears and sad human sighs.

Azemina Krehić was born on October 14, 1992 in Metković, Republic of Croatia.

She is the winner of several international awards for poetry, including: Award of University professors in Trieste, 2019, “Mak Dizdar“ award, 2020, the award of the Publishing Foundation of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2021. Also, the “Fra Martin Nedić“ Award, 2022. She is represented in several international anthologies of poetry.