The Tear-drop Of A Child


    Valbona Ismaili Luta

    Valbona Ismaili Luta

    Valbona Ismaili Luta is an Albanian from Kosova who was born in Prishtina. She started writing at an early age, but her first poems were published when she was a teenager. She used to write for a student newspaper, 'Bota e re', published in Prishtina. She came to London in 1993. She writes for a Kosova Albanian prestigious monthly magazine called 'Teuta', and is a correspondent for the Radio France International. Her work has been published in several anthologies: Crossing the Border; Kosova Sharing the Pain (co-edited with Jennifer Langer), Home and Away Diaspora Voices by Index on Censorship, etc. She is a member of Exiled Writers’ Ink (London).

    A DRAMA

    NEVER fight against life

    DO NOT let the horses get lost on the paths

    REMEMBER the dogs barking like mad

    and the sofra* laid without bread

    DO NOT open the doors to the wounds

    LISTEN!

    THE BLOOD will flood

    A WHOLE DRAMA on a small stage.

    * sofra - dinner table

    The Tear-drop Of A Child

    The beginning of the new,

    they say, is there

    perfection of everything old

    Amazes everyone

    just like your beauty...

    They say people there

    make love dining,

    and bohemians enjoy wandering

    up and down your boulevards.

    Homelands have been betrayed

    for you

    by those who loved art

    whilst poets,

    poets, buried their lovers there.

    Even those, souls

    that do not breathe

    were woken up by your chansons ...

    But yesterday,

    yesterday I had my ideal

    shattered

    by the imprisoned tear-drop

    of a refugee child,

    behind your wires...


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