I started wandering in streets I don’t know,
They don’t even know me
The strange streets around myself travel,
It will be easier a long uninterrupted way
Than the short ways that faster are forgotten.
In the world’s shell will be hided
Drunk by the poetic rhymes something to write and leave
And I want that everyone who visits my orphan shelter
To leave there a note.
In a new continent I want to be thrown by the wave of life
In an unhabituated continent
There I want to be build my poetic home,
Like Robinson Crusoh, alone to project:
From the slavers’ shackles, with foundations to build freedom.
The hours of waiting were delayed by expectance
Invisibly the divine creature came by himself
With the lines in my back, like a turtle, I got
Because art won’t forgive, as forgiveness won’t wait.
There’s no time for repentance in our path toward loneliness.
I discovered that after was only my shadow
When I wanted to grab like a unique body
Suddenly broke, crumbled in thousands of times.
I prayed for mercy even though my consciousness wouldn’t listen
I admit that poets only by devils could create
But from uncarefulness he couldn’t act
To poets were given soul to feel
What others had but gripped them.
Every human in the night shelter
In his own warm home,
While every poet is an unstoppable traveler
That carries all world in his chest…
From the hole of the wall that rats had hollowed out
Spying the lamentation ritual
Of the partridge
When the wind carries away their melody
And the cold crushed in my face.
I saw the partridge
It cut a branch from the cherry
Petals fall on the land
Which was left drained
From the absence;
Friends put on their dowry their tears
To collect like the beads toward the neck.
Left without turning the head back
Without peering the foxy sight
Left in longing;
Only the time weighs the hearts
Hanging the wires
Patching the hold-back
In that ritual of forgiveness
That reminds the getaway of partridges
The hole of the wall hollowed out by rats
Was filled with birds pup!
About the Poet
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 has 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 etc. And Among many awards, she has received the first prize in poetry, in competition “Anthology 2007”, as the best poet in Albania.