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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).


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


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


by the imprisoned tear-drop

of a refugee child,

behind your wires...

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