Two poems by Bojana Stojcic



An adrenaline-seeking town dressed in red and white
runs down the cobblestone streets like a hungry river

in the fierce heat of the Mediterranean sun
enraged bulls show no mercy

to those who slip and fall
who slip and fall

a ruthless wolf pack in San Fermin
with days passing between feedings

locates, singles out
and stalks

its prey from a distance
staying out of sight until it’s ready to attack

not a deer, not a moose
not a bison, not an elk

but a beaver, feeble and sightless,
breathing the air of placid sufficiency

opportunistic feeders, unable to retain saliva
within their mouths, circle and test before

bringing the victim to the ground
the conquest of paradise

the animal does not die of blood loss or shock
but of shame





finish school
find a decent girl/boy from a nice family
you’ll marry and have kids with
read the bible, praise the lord
save for a down payment and try to break
the shackles of debt before you drop dead
get a job you can commit to for the next 40 years until
you retire at the age when you’re good for nothing
then watch your kids do the same mistakes, in the same order


Bojana Stojcic teaches, bitches, writes, bites and tries to breathe in between. Her poems and flash pieces are published or forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Anti-Heroin Chic, Barren Magazine, The Opiate, Burning House Press, Down in the Dirt, Mojave Heart Review, Dodging the Rain, Foxglove Journal, Spillwords, the Blue Nib, the Stray Branch, Tuck magazine, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Nightingale & Sparrow and Visual Verse. She blogs regularly at Coffee and Confessions to go.

7 thoughts on “Two poems by Bojana Stojcic

  1. ‘breathing the air of placid sufficiency” I always have to read your poetry more than once, each word so well placed. The “air of placid sufficiency” sort of bleeds through to Parental Advice for me.
    both pieces are very powerful.

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