Poem by Shaip EMERLLAHU / Translated into BAHASA MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

Poems by Shaip EMERLLAHU

Shaip Emerllahu was born in 1962 in Tetovo, Macedonia. He graduated in Philology of Albanian language and Literature from University of Prishtina, Kosovo. He was a journalist and culture editor for newspaper ‘Flaka’, before becoming a lecturer in University in Tetovo until now. He is Director of International Poetry Festival ‘Ditet e Naimit’ in Tetovo. He published poetry books since 1994 including Pagezimi I viteve (Baptism of The Years), Projekti i thyer (Broken Projects) Vdekj e pakte (Little Death), as a co-author he published about testimonies of the massacres in Kosovo….edhe ne deshmojne/We Witness etc. All his books were published in Albanian language and many were translated into English. He participated in many international Poem Festival all over the world in Colombia,Ireland, Tunisia, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria etc. His works been translated into many languages French, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Romanian, Polish, Croatian, Macedonian and Bahasa Melayu.

 

EPAL TETOVO

dari abad yang terkumpul sekian lama
orang Tetovo memangkas dan menyirami
pokok epal mereka sendiri

seperti ketulan garam dalam bumi
engkau rasa mahu meletup
bila melihat buah-buah itu jadi busuk
dimakan ulat

akhirnya
kerana terlalu lama mengunyahnya
gigi mereka menjadi kebas

 

THE APPLES OF TETOVO

through the concerted centuries
Tetovo pruned and watered
its own apple trees

like rock salt
you’ll want to burst
when you spot them turned rotten
from maggots

in the end
they’ve eaten so much
their teeth went numb

DI WAKTU LAIN

kalau pun engkau berubah
dengan seratus suara lain
kau tidak akan dipedulikan lagi
kokok kosong ayam jantan di waktu pagi
siapa pun tidak akan bangkit
tak ada siapa
waktu seterusnya yang masih tinggal
jam loceng memenuhi suasana

 

OTHER TIME

even if you changed
one hundred voices
you wouldn’t be noticed anymore
a rooster of empty mornings
nobody wakes up
no
in the remaining hours
alarm clocks hit the scene

 


Translated into  BAHASA MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM
FROM:EPAL TETOVO/APPLES OF TETOVO

 

PUBLISHED BY KULTURA SNOVA/DREAM CULTURE
ZAGREB, CROATIA.

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