Tuesday, 22 October 2019


by Alisa Velaj

Be silent, my spear,
and watch how, over nights,
rocks become illuminating stars.
Amazing – their journey
away from the home yard...
Watch how, over days, these same stars are carried along
and dropped all around, cold and colorless.
Their sharp nose-dive to the heart of the earth
reconceives despondent, dumb suns.
Be silent, my spear;
even farther beyond silence, silent you stay,
with the mystery of illumination
as a testament!

Durrës, June 8, 2016

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Alisa Velaj has been shortlisted for the Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in 2014. Her poems have appeared in more than ninety journals and magazines worldwide. Velaj's poetry collection With No Sweat At All will be published by Červená Barva Press in 2019, while another poetry collection, Dreams, was published by Cyberwit Press (summer 2019).