Mar 16

Bridge Of Love

In the wake of the World War I, while the war was not even suspected yet, a schoolmistress Nada and a Serbian officer Relja took to each other. They fell in love indeed and made a commitment to each other. It was the love widely talked about attracting the attention of all the inhabitants of Vrnjci Spa. But the war did break out with all the horrors it entails. A Serbian officer Relja goes to the front in Greece. He goes away never to return, because of the beautiful Greek woman he has fallen in love with and therefore breaks up the engagement with Nada. The legend says nothing about his further destiny, whereas every citizen of Vrnjačka Spa is familiar with Nada's destiny. Owing to overwhelming sorrow she fades away day after day and finally dies, young and miserable.

Upset by Nada's destiny girls, wanting to preserve their romances, started writing their names, along with the names of their sweethearts, on padlocks that they bound to the railings of the bridge which used to be Nada and Relja's favourite meeting place and the keys were symbolically thrown into the river. New wars and sufferings came along. The story was forgotten, and the girls’ custom to "bind" their love became uncustomary. It had been the case until Desanka Maksimović, according to the stories of the senior citizens of Vrnjačka spa, while being on one of her numerous visits to the Spa, learned of this tragic story and inspired by it wrote one of her most beautiful love poems "A Prayer for Love". Although we tend to forget, this story is not forgotten, however: and to prolong its life young couples have continued the tradition of "binding" their love and the bridge has been called the Bridge of Love.

Molitva za ljubav

Brzo kao kratkovecne cveca liske
i ova ljubav stace da se kruni i drobi:
žedan je zaborava tamni vir.
O, bože, drugi ti se mole za srecu i mir,
a ja: sacuvaj u srcu mom, zarobi,
jucerašnjeg dana nestalni pram.

Zaklopi dušu moju sad ko zlatnu
skrinju, nacini je ljubavi hram.
O, duša moja ne moli srecu za se -
sve dosadašnje radosti nek se snište -
ali pobožno ona od tebe ište
da dan se ovaj od strašnog brodoloma spase.

Bez pomoci tvoje povenuce sve brzo
kao bulka u zrelome žitu i lanu.
O, bože ne molim za srecu, za radost, za

Da bol ovaj ne umre, mene je strah;
da oganj sveti što u meni planu
ne sagori iznenadno u prah,
ne razbukti se prekonoc u strast.

Desanka Maksimovic

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