A page of Croatian translations? Can you believe that? Oddly enough, I can for as this site has evolved it has occurred to me that a major part of my enjoyment of this endeavour, and my life so far, has been the thrill of reconnecting with an ever expanding world. My boundaries have expanded as I have found common cause with a host of friends from the far-flung places of this Earth.
My adventures online have brought into focus the narrowness of my life. It is an exotic thrill in the eyes of many of my new friends, to be sure; but I cannot deny any longer that it has been limited in many ways by the fact that Jamaica is a country where our small size and conservative values have stymied our efforts to reach beyond the stars.
I have to work on breaking out of my rut for myself, and this step outside of my comfort zone: allowing strangers, but even moreso my friends, co-workers and relatives to read some of my thoughts, I have to believe is moving in the right direction. Yet, taking a single step is not enough, I have always believed in doing things twice: the first time to simply do it, but the second time in order to show myself that I dare to do it again.
I took a huge step getting some of my poems translated into Danish, and for reasons that I won’t go into here, until they unfold some more, I doubted that I would have taken a step like that again. Yet, here I am, excited to tell you, perhaps precipitously so, that I have taken steps, with the help of my friend Mario, to have a few of these pieces translated into Croatian. As I type this, I realize, yet again, the miracle of the Internet. I wonder, how many Jamaicans can count a young Croatian man among their friends? I feel privileged to be one of the lucky ones to be able to do so.
I am looking forward to the pleasure of unveiling our new page of Croatian translations in the New Year. I’m going to see if I can persuade Mario to take it a step further with me and put some of these on audio for you. I think that that would be an educational gift for us all!
I’m taking my head start!
Bok! Kako si? Izgledaš prekrasno.
Hoćeš li izaći sa mnom na večeru?