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When I laughed in my sleep

Vaid Hyzoti

Vaid Hyzoti

He is a poet, publicist, critic and journalist. He is author of many volumes of poetry including “Qyteti i të Marrëve” (The city of the dumb), and also of short humoristic prose including “Thashatheme të vërteta” (True rumours). He lives and works in the United States of America

When I laughed in my sleep

I attempt to kiss my daughter, but she moves away

“Com’on Dad,

I’m no longer a child…”

My wife scolds me under her breath:

“What are you doing?

She is quite grown up, husband…”

I don’t want it, but uneasiness catches up

My dad

Has never kissed me.

I am unable…

He is flustered. I eat him with my eyes.

But I want to return the smile to my son.

He adds more requests to the list:

I want Wii, iPod,

I want PlayStation!

I look at him and think:

How much he looks like my dad

Even when he is serious,

Even when he causes a commotion.

I am empty pocketed, but I cannot refuse.

To obey my father-

That is how I was brought up.

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