Project Description

Amna Dumpor


Amna Dumpor was born in 1968 in Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina where she was involved in the media and theatre. She worked as a proconsul in Mostar assisting in the evacuation of 10,000 children and vulnerable people during the Bosnian war. She arrived in the UK in 1992, gaining a degree in Contemporary Business and Political Economy and a postgraduate diploma in Refugee Studies. Her first poetry book was Tears in the Heart (1998, Mostar). She has been involved in many projects and creative workshops in the UK and abroad and is currently a portal editor.

My Love is a Simple Truth
(Translated from Bosnian by Gianna Salkovic)

Yes I did love you!
Isn’t this simple truth enough for you?

I loved you in the moment
As I inhaled you

Through the stretched skin of my stomach
Waiting for the Mostarian, thirsty summer.

Can’t you live from the moment?
And are important, all these everyday events
Of this simple truth?

Don’t look for me,
In the remains of the destroyed bridge.
Don’t ask me to come back, I have left forever.

Don’t search for my image from the train,
Already departed behind the hills!

Yet I loved you.
As a woman and a poet
Framing you for the most beautiful exhibition of my life.

Therefore, don’t look for me beneath the curtains,
Of a finished act and a destroyed theatre.
There are no performances and no actors!

Please, tear it off from eternity
And it is your moment.
In it, I loved you with a simple truth.