Poems by Vangjel Zafirati / Translated into English by Merita Paparisto

 
Poems by Vangjel Zafirati
 
 
 
THE POMEGRANATE OF FALL
 
she unbuttoned
the yellow blouse of melancholy
the autumn breeze
took it way
 
I saw
how she was trembling and shivering
all alone
in the inflamed garden of fall.
 
On the soft ground
her sheer dress was falling
as a leaf in sorrow
 
Like that
naked and glowing
in between the flames
of the eruptive pomegranates
alone
from the other side of the fence
she was burning entirely
 
Perplexed
in the middle of the old alley
indecisive
I timidly gazed
how an autumn tree burns.
 
 
 
THE GREEN MEADOW
 
She did not speak
 
I saw her
as she silently gazed
at the teenage poppies
their quiet waltz
on the green meadow
 
Her hand
in abeyance over naked daises
and timid cyclamen flowers
 
She did not speak
just pointlessly gazed, thoughtfully
 
The only things speaking
were the colours
on her face
 
 
 
ON THE FRONT YARD
 
Five red carnations
burning the front yard
 
My mother in the midst of flames!
 
Sailing boats
three white lilies
anchored at the threshold of my home
 
My father is waiting
for his sons
that haven’t arrived yet
 
My mother
absorbed in thoughts
engulfed
in the carnation’s flame.
 
 
 
FIVE SECRETS
 
The secret of light blue rain
that it bestows to the fragile leafs in the dawn
 
The secret of the dying sun
that it bestows to the silent horizon
 
The secret of the red rose
that burns within its flames
 
The secret of the youth
that it bestows to the flying birds
 
The secret of myself that burns within me
I have not any being that I can trust
I have not any being to confess to
 
 

 

Translated into English by Merita Paparisto

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