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"One Day You Will Tell Me" by Irma Kurti


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Published January 1, 2023

One Day You Will Tell Me

by Irma Kurti
(Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy)

One day you'll tell me your story,
your first kiss, the tears you've shed
for a bygone love, your nostalgia
for your distant land and its paths.

One day you'll tell me your story,
your walks and your slips, looking
for happiness, that open door that
never invited you in, the illusions,
insecurities, anxieties, intimacies.

I'll hear your voice which always
sets peace in the chaos within me
tremulous like the candle flame:
sweet, elusive, resembling a dream
as the stars fall beyond the window.

I shall feel sorry that I was not there
long ago, in that journey of your life
to dry your tears, gather your fears
in my hands and dispel them like
white butterflies into the dark nights.

Irma Kurti is an Albanian poetess, writer, lyricist, journalist, and translator. She is a naturalized Italian. She has won numerous literary prizes and awards in Italy and Italian Switzerland. She has published 26 books in Albanian, 17 in Italian, 9 in English, and two in French. She is also the translator of 11 books of different authors and of all her books in Italian and English. She lives in Bergamo, Italy.

This poem is included in Poetry World #5, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Europe Poetry Magazine:
The Anniversary

by Sam Szanto

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