Varsha 2019 Issue, Poems - Elizabeth Grech



Lago di Venere (Pantelleria)

By Elizabeth Grech


Let me be the sea in which you swim,

the dry salt engraved on your skin

the map of the simmering lake in your blood,

the volcano wakened by your trembling land,

the wind that swings the white of your hair,

the scent of almonds in your breath,

the dusky red sky welcoming the weariness of the day.


Elizabeth Grech is from Malta and lives in France. She is a self-taught translator and works with various cultural and artistic organisations. She is a literary translator and translates contemporary Maltese poetry into French. Many of her translations have been published in book form and in literary journals. Her poetry has appeared in a number of collections and reviews in different languages, and her first poetry book “bejn baħar u baħar” was published by Merlin Publishers, Malta in February 2019.


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