The Year When My Brother Started Believing in Aliens
that year my brother started medical school
and thus forever joined the ranks of skeptics.
mother cried three nights over him,
pouring holy water in his coffee
and secretly censing his room,
in hope he would return under the wings of faith.
mother didn’t know my brother’s sky didn’t turn as empty
as she thought.
now at night he started sneaking out of his room
and climbing onto the roof to observe the stars and wait for his abduction.
mother didn’t understand that, all that sciencing
nor their heathen tools such as syringes
she used to find in his room
and immediately think the worst.
mother was a simple woman
and now it seemed to her that maybe after all we are not alone.
because if not aliens,
then who took her child?
Vladana Perlić was born in 1995 in Banja Luka and is a grad student at the Department for French Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology. Received the second place reward at the Slovo Gorčina competition in Stolac in 2018. Her poems have been translated into French and English.
Translator, Dragana Rudić: Born in 1986. She finished her master’s degree at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade at the Department of Comparative Literature. She lives and works in Shanghai where she is involved in the literary circles. She translates poetry, writes and publishes short stories and visual art.