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The House


The House

Along with the first false sun
We got a visit from Agim
The woodman from near Prishtina

He brought us two red apples
Wrapped in a scarf
And the news that he'd finally got a house.

At last you've a roof over your head, Agim

No, no roof
The wind tore it off

You've a door and windows then

No door and no windows either
The winter carried them away

You've four walls at least

I've not even got four walls
All I have is a house like I said

The rest will be easy

[*Agim, a masculine Albanian first name, means Dawn or Daybreak.
Prishtina is of course in Kosov@.]

[Translated by Anthony Weir]