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Ali Podrimja

(1942 - 2012 / Gjakova, Albania)

Take This Stone


Take this stone and cast it
Wherever you wish
If you wish

Beyond my thread and tribe
Beyond the nine wounds
of Gjergj Elez Alia

Nail it if you wish
wall it in

Take this stone

Baptize it or leave it nameless
I have changed the time, the climate

Leave it without land, without sky

Take this stone and cast it
Wherever you wish

Its strength makes us immortal

Submitted: Monday, July 21, 2014

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[Merreni këtë guri, from the volume Credo, Prishtina: Rilindja 1976, translated from the Albanian by Robert Elsie, first published in English in Who will slay the wolf. Selected poetry by Ali Podrimja, New York, Gjonlekaj Publishing 2000, p. 69]

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