“A Passage” by Irsa Ruçi

This one’s a very special post. We’re presenting to you the work of the highly accomplished Albanian Poet Irsa Ruçi, both translated, and in its original language.

A Passage
by Irsa Ruçi
translated by Silva Daci

Solomon woke early
Waiting the sun to come up
Knitting his prayers.
For the souls of his grandparents
The same words were murmured in a dream that night…

Memory brought to me the little eyes of Solomon
That sought for his silver lining
I was reminded of his smile unchanged from time’s ravages,
When we played till late around the fire that Gabriel set
To gather us in that cornfield
Where a cypress is growing today.

Then, we’re running hungry in the lost streets of Tirana
Racing who would reach first Granny Tamara’s home
We would sneak in, eating the berries from a basket that was never emptied…

Solomon woke up early that morning
To get away
Left me with the sweet memories of that sunny childhood
Granny Tamara’s cooking and the tales she told in her tongue
The heartiness
Which permeated her happiness
And the candy stars that she gave me
On behalf of our friendship…

Rrugëtim
by Irsa Ruçi

Solomon u zgjua herët në mëngjes
ndërsa priste diellin të lindte, thurte lutjet
për shpirtrat e gjyshërve
që ca fjalë i patën belbëzuar në ëndërr
atë natë…

Kujtesa m’i sillte ndërmend sytë e vegjël të Solomonit
që e kërkonin dritën dhe mes dhembjes,
mbaj mend buzëqeshjen e patrazuar të tij
prej andrrallave të kohës,
kur luanim gjer vonë
rreth zjarrit që ndizte Gabrieli
për t’i bashkuar fëmijët në at’cep të fushës
ku sot rritet një qiparis.

Pastaj, të uritur vraponim nëpër rrugicat e përhumbura të Tiranës
në garën kush shkonte i pari tek shtëpiza e nënë Tamarës;
hynim brenda, dhe fshehtas hanim manat
nga shporta që gjithnjë rrinte përplot
mbi tavolinë…

Solomon u zgjua herët atë mëngjes
për të ikur larg;
mua më mbetën kujtim nga e arta kohë e fëmijërisë:
aroma e gatimit të nënë Tamarës,
përrallat thënë në gjuhën e tij, çiltërsia
me të cilën përshkruante lumturinë
dhe ylli me gjashtë cepa, që ma pati dhuruar në emër të miqësisë…

 


Irsa Ruçi is an Albanian Writer, Speechwriter and Lecturer. She was born in Tirana (Albania), in 1990. Her books of poetry include Trokas mbi ajër (poems and essays), 2008 and Pështjellim (poetry), 2010. She has been published in anthologies: Antologji, 2007; I kërkoj agimit vesën, 2008; Antologji poetike “Kushtuar dashurisë”, 2014; Antologji poetike “Udha”, 2014; Antologji poetike, 2014; “Malli dhe brenga nga distancat”, 2014; Antologji poetike “Qyteti”, 2014; Poeteca, 2015; and her works have appeared in a number of print and online national and international magazines, including Sling Magazine, Issue 5; Ann Arbor Review, Issue 15; Poeteca Magazine, Issue 35; Aquillrelle Anthology, 2015; Aquillrelle Anthology, 2016; Metaphor Magazine Issue 5; The Commonline Journal, Issue 4/22; A New Ulster poetry Anthology, April 2016; Best Poems Encyclopedia; Issuu April 2016; In Between Hangovers, May 2016; BLUEPEPPER, May 2016; Duane’s PoeTree, May 2016; CREATIVE TALENTS UNLEASHED, 8 May 2016, Tuck Magazine, 12 May 2016;  Whispers… 2016; Dead Snakes Magazine; – RANDOM POEM TREE, 13 May 2016; RANDOM POEM TREE, 16 May 2016; In Between Hangovers, 14 May 2016;  In Between Hangovers, 24 May 2016; SCARLET LEAF REVIEW, May Issue;  Ashvamegh Magazine (Ashvamegh Indian Journal of English Literature), The Beatnik Cowboy, 19 May;  Dissident Voice, 22 May etc. Among many awards, she has received the first prize in poetry, in competition “Anthology 2007”, as the best poet in Albania.

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