A poem written in 1961 by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, translated in 2012 by me. The Albanian title is “Do te vije koha.”
The time will come
When we never again see each-other.
I will forget the girl from the North,
You fill forget the foreigner from the distant Balkans.
Like the waves that forget the stone they scour,
While searching for other, crystal, shores.
Only now and then
On the surface of the brilliant waves,
Will reflexively palpitate
The scoured stone’s reflection.