The road to Elbasan

February 3, 2010

(Some lines written in 1996, which I found today while rummaging through old papers.)

The road to Elbasan
winds up and over the mountains
looking over the edge of the world
and on the rugged hillside
a shepherdess sits watching
black and white sheep that graze
a difficult land

Here in the middle of paradise
we have to take precaution
When driving round a sharp curve
we listen to Pavarotti
as we drive back to Tirana
on the Rruga Elbasanit

I feel that heaven has been somewhat closer
after having been on this journey
although I still don’t know quite where I’m going


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