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                                                                                       November 2020


                                             Translated from Albanian by Arben P. Latifi

             Alisa Velaj was born in 1982 in Albania. She has been shortlisted for the Erbacce-
             Press Poetry Award in 2014. Her works have appeared in more than 100 print and
             online international magazines. Her poetry collection, With No Sweat At All, will be
             published by Cervana Barva Press in 2019.

                                                               Alisa Velaj

                                In a surfeit of air and light, this tree
                                by the river flush with crystal waters,
                                has been craving for a season of revitalization
                                ever with the same fervor!

                                Like scared grasshoppers,
                                winter and fall come and go on its branches,
                                creeping like shadows on towering mansions
                                that have for a roof a star-studded sky!

                                Rot, likewise,
                                creeps into the backbone of the surfeited tree
                                and keeps its secrets in the dark,
                                like a snuffed candle...
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