AMID THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATIONS
For a moment life stopped me
as if a strict police officer looking
for violations of civilization codes
with a book in his hand writing
my penalty ticket.
Name and surname
origin and homeland
city, age nationality.
In a blink of an eye she checked
all written sins in a book and
with a painful smile
raised the border gate.
Go on, get on the other side- and
turning her grizzled head back
to the past says: now
set off to unexplored roads
and don’t be afraid of
the dark labyrinths of the world.
or frozen scarecrows they are
made of old-fashioned bewitched dough
which just want to scare us.
Inexplicable gray cupolas matching with hell they are
Because the surveillance cameras inside the buildings
memorize our Existence.
I’m going – I said – and I don’t regret it,
But remember – We live in ruins of morals
inherited from our evil ancestors
which you yourself once built.
ARJAN KALLCO ( 1967) is an Albanian poet, prose writer, translator, scholar, journalist, who teaches Italian Language at the high school level and is a Professor in Fan Noli University. He has translated: Italian Proverbs Italian Love poems Short stories of Italian writers in the ’80s The good old man and the beautiful girl (a novel) Sailing on waves (The Anthology of the Italian Contemporary poets). His books of poetry include Bewildered by your Immensit, Real life images, and Flying in time. A member of the Association of Literary Critics in Italy, since 2008 he has been a frequent participant in International Conferences in Albania and abroad, including Korca, Tirana, Thessaloniki, Craiova, Banja Luka, Skopje, Sofia, Tetovo, Ljubljana, Ohrid, and Istanbul.