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Majcine ruke / Mother's hands
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Majčine ruke
Majčine su ruke
poput najnježnijeg dodira vjetra,
poput ugodne topline vatre,
poput dodira samoga Boga.
Znaju mnoge stvari napraviti
što nitko drugi ni ne pojmi,
tako lijepe, tako divne,
da odmah znaš,
ljubavlju su protkane.
Tiho trpe, hrabro podnose
sve nevolje, sve nedaće
što svijet spremit' može,
da svoju djecu od njih zaštite.
Toliku snagu u sebi nose,
toliku čvrstinu posjeduju
da djecu svoju pravo postave
i drže
sve dok sama ne mognu stajati
u lice vjetru što ih srušiti želi.
A jednom kad klonu,
kad ih snaga napusti,
kad bore budu tamo
gdje trpljenje je prošlo,
ja bit ću tu
da uzmem ih
i da ih podignem,
da ih milujem,
kako su one podigle mene,
kako su one milovale mene.
:iconzmaj-dragon:Zmaj-dragon 12 9
I will live
"Bring me her medical chart, please", said the voice. The sound of opening and closing doors could be heard. Several minutes of silence and the sound repeated itself. Rustling of papers and the occasional muttering gave away the reading of the brought chart.
"So, according to this, she has a few months left."
"Yes, sir."
"No therapy they tried succeeded?
"No, sir. She also contacted the foundations that are researching that kind of cancer, but it seems her case is special.
"I see she refused every suggestion for surgical removal. I'm not surprised, the chance of survival is almost equal to zero."
Silence took over the room again. Only the antique wall clock ticked the seconds quietly.
"How is our other... project... progressing?"
"Excellent, sir. "We're just finishing-"
A ringtone sounded. "Excuse me", said the other voice and answered the call.
"Yes?... Yes... Really? Excellent- That, too? Marvelous... Yes, yes, I'll tell him. Cheers."
"What are you supposed to tell me?" asked the fir
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Illuminated by the sun of love
That. Damn. Sun.

I stuck my tongue out from thirst. My lips were dry and cracked, and my mouth as if filled with sand. I tried to create saliva, but those scanty quantities weren't enough to wet my mouth. I walked on the rocky ground, overgrown here and there by resistant plants which found bits of earth in deep cracks, too scant for a tree which would give life-saving shade. I looked at the sky and frowned.
Not even a cloud!
The sky looked blue in a downright insolent manner, it's sapphire vastness uninterrupted by even smallest traces of whiteness. In its middle, like a gold lump, the sun shone, hitting my body with heat regardless of me having shirt and shorts. Sandals aren't even worth mentioning.
I lowered my gaze on my baked arms. Three hours of wandering on the rocky ground, without any sign  of where I am, took it's toll. My skin itched more and more, regardless if it was or wasn't directly exposed to the sun. I scratched myself, but it only worsene
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Sui generis ch. 6
Sui generis
Chapter six:
Quod nocet, saepe docet
I gaped at Ruben with eyes wide open in surprise.
"I hope you like it", he continued while his warm smile slowly cooled, "for you're going to spend the rest of your short life here."
"What are you talking about?" I interrupted him when the gift of speech returned to me. Instead of an answer, the dragons around me started and tried to seize me. Tried, I say. I quickly jumped and opened my wings,  flapped a few times and glided to the other end of the forecourt.
What's happening? Ruben would never do this! I thought while landing.
Maybe, but you don't know him that well, I told myself while turning around. Two of the dragons jumped in the air, and three run towards me. Ruben just stood and observed the scene.
"You know, this is futile for you", he yelled to me. For one short moment I looked him in the face and saw such burning hatred that I, despite everything, asked myself what happened to him during
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Sui generis ch. 5
Sui generis
Chapter five:
Every cloud has a silver lining
I ate three more portions after the one given by the doctor. I leaned back in the chair, but three weeks of laying in bed have some unwanted effects. A full bladder is one of them.
"Excuse me, where's the toilet?" I asked the doctor who was passing by my table.
"In the hall behind those doors, first door to the left", he answered shortly and hurried away before I managed to say thanks. I shrugged and went towards the shown door.
I did what I had to and returned to the canteen with a little discovery. The wizard sat at one of the tables. He gave me a sign to come to him.
"You know, this is a very unoriginal appearance", I said critically while sitting down at the table.
"And what would you want? That I make up a new act every time I show up?" he asked me.
"No, but I would like to see you showing up", I answered.
"Should I describe to you how I came here?" he asked the question provocatively. I shook my head, trying to hide the sm
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Sui generis ch. 4
Sui generis
Chapter four:
I held the medallion in my hands waiting for it to start glowing. Five seconds passed. Ten. Fifteen. Why is it taking so long? I thought, observing it closely. I sighed disappointedly. I let it out of my hands and it fell on my chest. As soon as it bumped against my chest, it started to glow mildly, and with the light my skin started to itch. Oho, the fun started. I leered.
I felt that something was growing under my skin everywhere on my body. My skin turned as pale as lime. Lacerations appeared in the skin, probably because of the dryness, revealing blood red scales. My skin fell off, and the nose flattened itself. My ears reshaped and elongated. Sharp pain streamed through my hands and feet, forcing me to bend and fall on the ground in cramps. I clenched my fists in hope that the pain will go away, but it just intensified. My little and ring fingers fused, leaving me with only four fingers on each hand. Silver talons plowed the tip o
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Sui generis ch. 3
Sui generis
Chapter three:
Bake and tell!
I stood there, near the entrance to the Library, and stared dully at the wizard comfortably reclined in an armchair. It seemed to me that I didn't caught on what he said. Space between worlds? But that would mean...
"...there are other worlds. Correct. You often thought about other worlds. You didn't believe in them, but you always carried a hope that there's more of them. Now you just confirmed it", the wizard finished my thought. This hasn't surprised me to much, because I always thought wizards can read other peoples mind and communicate with them.
"Exactly so. I can read your mind, because there's no defenses around it. It's possible to disable entrance of someones elses mind into your own, but it's achieved by practice and you don't have to be a wizard to do that", he confirmed my thoughts. "Come, sit here", he called me and showed the armchair opposite to him. I came to it and sat. It was very soft and comfortable. If I could have armchai
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Sui generis ch. 2
Sui generis
Chapter two:
It's not all about appearance
I stood next to the book, with key in hand, completely paralyzed by tension and excitement. The moment of truth has arrived. I managed to calm down a little and push the key in the keyhole. I turned it slowly, in case the mechanism was corroded. But it wasn't. The key turned smoothly. And then it suddenly heated, at such an alarming rate that it scorched my hand. I pulled my hand away and watched what was happening.
The key melted and filled the keyhole, so that the cover was whole, except for that opening. Dirt fell off the book, like somebody had ran a rag over it, revealing not gilding, but pure gold. Thin threads started to move on the book, gathering around the opening on the cover and shaped into a symbol. The opening itself started to change. Now it was heart-shaped, and the threads shaped a crown around it. I heard a whirring sound. I leaned above the book and looked into the opening. Cogwheels had started spinning, faster
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Sui generis ch. 1
Sui generis
Chapter one:
The Book
"Come on, come on, think of something!" I yelled at myself, sitting in front of the monitor and trying to write something. I thought: "Yes, it's really easier to read others stories instead of writing your own. My head is full of ideas, and I'm too lazy to write them! That's why I would like to be a dragon, so I wouldn't have to fudge a story about that. Like that, I could be more useful, and I could get on my own faster."
Thinking about that wish, existence, theology and a hundred of other things (and I really mean a hundred!), I slowly turned off the computer. "I simply do not have the idea how to turn the ideas into words. Heh, really ironic. Bah, I'm going to bed. Maybe tomorrow something will happen, but it's not likely. I hope that every evening, and nothing happens." I raised myself from the table, got out of the room, ran down the stairs in three jumps, flew into my room, changed clothes and lay on the bed.
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Josip Bolkovac
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Hello to you, whoever you may be.

I'm Josip, writer and a pretty talkative guy. I do like a good conversation. I like everything connected to imagination, especially dragons. Here I am to show my work to others and to be able to see other peoples' works of art.

Feel free to comment on my writing, offer constructive criticism and talk to me, cause it's the only way I'll get better. Moreover, that's what I ask of you if you come across me here on dA, if you have time. :)

This is the second profile picture. It's been done by :iconaniseth-lightwing:, very talented artist and a kind person. If you haven't come across her gallery or her artwork, you don't know what you're missing. I'm thankful to her for doing this for me. This is the link to her profile: aniseth-lightwing.deviantart.c… .
I have said things about Vukovar in the past. It is not enough to say them once or twice, they must be said again and again to prevent lies, spreading even today, to hold root. To those who Google this, be very careful of your sources because a lot of lies and propaganda is spreading through the internet channels.

Today is the 27th anniversary of Vukovar's fall to the demonic forces, JNA and Serbian paramilitary rebel formations, which butchered its denizens, leveled it with the ground and left only bones, human and stone alike, in their wake. "Demonic forces" I use with clear purpose: what was done in and to Vukovar couldn't have been done by normal human beings, you had to have been a beast, a monster, to conceive and then bring to bear the atrocities committed there. Imagine your own neighbours calling you out to be killed after the fall, that's what Serbians did, among other monstrosities.

Vukovar is also a city of miracles. A 250 kg bomb dropping through several floors of the hospital, into a patient's bed, and not exploding is a miracle. The Vukovar water tower, bombed every day, still standing is a miracle. The fact that 1400 people defended the city and, consequently, Croatia against 40000 attackers for 87 DAYS is a miracle on an unimaginable scale. There are more, but I'm ashamed to say I don't know of them.

There are still dead unidentified, persons missing and war criminals loose. I pray the first are identified, the second found and the third brought to justice for what they have done.

We can forgive, but we must never and will never forget. Say a prayer for Vukovar, for those who placed their lives on the Altar of Homeland so that Croatia could be.

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