Mozart Appeared on the Stage by Alisa Velaj

They all said that
There was the place where acacia flowers take their rest
They all said that
And a child pointed to Salieri’s grave
Lying a little further ahead
At dusk when oblivion invades the rivers
Mozart appeared on stage holding acacia flowers in his hands
And wept…

Translated from Albanian by Uke Zenel Buçpapaj

Mozard Appeared on the Stage
Mari, Seville, 2022

Pillows of Sound by Alisa Velaj

What more do you seek from sunsets, man?
A bunch of copper leaves
Fell on the strings of the guitar leaning against the tree trunk
And slept the most anxious sleep
Using sounds as pillows
The solitude of seas persecutes the leaves in dreams
Like the shadows of seasons do to man
What more do you seek from sunsets
You being that keep travelling on the shores of oblivion?
The guitar will always succeed
In weaving serenades
An inexistent bridge can connect no river banks
Be a sunrise if you want to understand the sunsets, man
Someone called the Caspian Lake a 'Sea'
And to this day they write it so on every world map…

Featured Poet: Alisa Velaj

Bethlehem by Alisa Velaj

I had never set foot
On that land
Yet my memory fled there
Following a star
And began to shine

Translated from Albanian by Uke Zenel Buçpapaj

Sleeping child on a pillow by Stanisław Wyspiański

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