Poems by Edmond Shallvari
After they took blindness from Homer
Another Odyssey they thought to write
After grabbing tragedy from Shakespeare
A second Macbeth they’d copyright
Before Shakespeare, from Alighieri
They stole every circle of purgatory
And overnight the hell they’d vary
From Cervantes, a twin of Don Quixote
So were challenged the first geniuses
In the absurd world of twin fetuses.
Why look at me, O sea wave
I’m not the cliff before thee
That you’d touch, collide and crave
With a woman’s vagary.
Eroding is the cliff in woe
And it is aging before time
And it is thawing like the snow
Like not inhering onetime
What remained with you to save
Besides the comminuted cliff
What changed you O sea wave
Aged and lonely in your riff.
Wish that fate I never have
That was doomed for your friend
Neither a woman like you wave
That brings a cliff to a bad end.
Translation from Albanian into English by Alfred Kola