The old land swinging in her stomach
she must get to know this language
better - key words, sound patterns
wordgroups of fire and blood.
Try your classmates with
the English version of your name.
Maria. Try it.
Good afternoon. How are you?
I am fine. Your country -
you see it in a drop of water.
The last lesson they taught you there
was how to use a gun.
And now in stops and starts
you grow a second city in your head.
It is Christmas in this school.
Sarajevo is falling through
a forest of lit-up trees,
cards and decorations.
Mountains split with gunfire
swallow clouds, birds, sky.