POETRY

L-aħħar li rajtek

 

L-aħħar li rajtek kien meta sajjarna

fi kċina kollha fwar, il-patata.

Bħal ġugarell bejnietna waħda minnhom

żelqet fuq il-madum u samtet l-art.

Minflok nibtet u rmiet,

di’l-patata ‘ntremiet,

u qagħad il-fwar bħal għamad fuq għajnejna.

 

 

 

The last time I saw you

 

I saw you last in a steamy kitchen

cooking potatoes with me.

Like a toy between us, one of them

slipped onto the tiles

and scorched the floor.

Potatoes didn’t sprout nor did they grow

but thrown away instead.

 

Steam now covers our eyes like a blindfold.

 

Translated from the Maltese by Claudia Gauci