Tr Silke Liria Blumbach and George Wallace
Bitten by knives
the land of Troy burst open
punctured by the Trojan horse
our tiny minds didn’t catch that
we took the bait
its shadow clothed our bodies
all I saw was myself with that Trojan horse
and the foam in its mouth
turning whiter than snow
and spilling over our table
nobody is troubled by the candies of pleasure
what will remain of Troy for us
besides the horse
with its bamboozling hee-haw?
SHAIP EMERLLAHU is a writer, editor and poetry organizer from Tetovo, North Macedonia, where he is director of the Ditet e Naimit festival. Born in, he studied Albanian language and literature at Prishtina University, Kosovo, obtained his PhD from Universitet i Tiranes and is a professor at University of Tetovo. Emërllahu has participated in international and national poetry festivals in Columbia, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Bosnia/Hercegovina, and Montenegro and has been awarded with many national and international literary prizes.