Vasko Popa

(1922 - 1991 / Vojvodina / Serbia)

A Conceited Mistake - Poem by Vasko Popa

Once upon a time there was a mistake
So silly so small
That no one would even have noticed it

It couldn't bear
To see itself to hear of itself

It invented all manner of things
Just to prove
that it didn't really exist

It invented space
To put its proofs in
And time to keep its proofs
And the world to see its proofs

All it invented
Was not so silly
Nor so small
But was of course mistaken

Could it have been otherwise


Trans. Anne Pennington


Anonymous submission.


Comments about A Conceited Mistake by Vasko Popa

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (6/14/2014 4:21:00 PM)

    I like this poem well done (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 14,153 Points * Sunprincess * (6/2/2014 10:54:00 PM)

    ........suppose a mistake is still a mistake no matter how small....very creative write.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hamid Kareem (4/3/2009 6:53:00 AM)

    this is a very beautiful and enthraling poem...... nice work n use of words.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hamid Kareem (4/3/2009 6:53:00 AM)

    this is a very beautiful and enthraling poem...... nice work n use of words.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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