Two Poems by Irsa Ruçi


 

Advice for women:
‘How to forget a man…’

You can gather all your friends so you can have a ‘I miss you’ coffee
as you see and read what’s inside the cup
you can talk about each single day that you dedicated to love
cursing
hating
and swearing to not overthink
Insisting that a new dress can bring somehow more peace to you
than a past lover;
bragging that the light of your eyes was born
so it can shine between smiles
not between tears!
Women are egoist when it comes to their happiness
they search the sweetness of life
in every breath they take
they always find the source of love
into innocence
A friendly saying;
Sometimes women love with the same forgetting speed…

 

Photography © Edward S. Gault

Photography © Edward S. Gault

 

Advice for men:
‘How to forget a woman’

You can go all night long to visit all the public
houses of this city with your friends
and yet tomorrow morning they’ll find you with
A glass of beer in your hands, or with lipstick stains on your neck
Drunk from the scent of woman
you’ll remember, a little sleepy, the night before
when unintentionally you said her name in another language
Remembering the first word you said between feelings
So senseless, that today i am not even ashamed anymore
but I have this feeling to re-say those feelings
when a breeze that comes from this manly chest takes them away
so they can fly somewhere else

You can lock yourself into your room
So you can search, into the darkness, the secret solitude of your soul
but the melody of rain will remind you
Her smile, spoken with the dialect of her heart.

And you’ll want to leave far away, to forget everything,
Until you understand yourself
Just remember that
Even tho’ you get tired
If a woman loves you still
You will never forget her….

 

Translated by Stela Xega.

 

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. Among many awards, she has received the first prize in poetry, in competition “Anthology 2007”, as the best poet in Albania.

Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Ma. He has a wife Karen, and daughter.

 

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