Like the Light-Reveling Rains
Love entered gently the Haarlem alleys,
hanging on flowers,
hanging on branches.
Love came in its breezy step,
through the river waters
where so many surprises lay dormant!
Love happened to be of dew:
evenings, it hid with tulip bodies,
dawns, it engulfed the city like hoarfrost.
come alive along the alleys of Harrlem,
with a crimson longing:
like the light-reveling rains
in Rembrandt's homeland . . .
July 25, 2018
*Translated from Albanian by Arben P. Latifi
Alisa Velaj was born in Albania, in 1982. She holds a Ph.D. in Albanian Language and Literature, which she has been teaching as subjects at university level, while writing poetry, prose, essays, articles and research studies. Velaj was shortlisted for the annual international Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in UK in June 2014. Her work has been published in over 100 international online forums, printed magazines and anthologies across many countries (USA, UK, Sweden, Australia, Israel, India). Alisa earned and Artist-in-Residence Scholarship in February 2019, and attended the AIR Litteratur Vastra Gotaland Program in Villa Martinson, Jonsered, Sweden. In 2020, she won The National Prize in Poetry, awarded by the Albanian Ministry of Culture.