Vasant (Spring) 2019 Poems - Elizabeth Grech



Her Face

By Elizabeth Grech


To fill the void
left by her absence,
you meticulously
pass your fingers
over her face
without forgetting
the slightest contour
of her earth.


You stop for a moment,
to feel the little hollow
on the right hand side
between her nose and chin,
you let the wave of
a nascent smile
from her eyes
grasp you.


Eyes closed,
with your palm,
you scan her face
to retain each detail.
You pass your thumb
as slowly as you can
over the flesh of her gaping lips.
You count every pleat
and listen to the beat
of the redness left
by all those kisses.


For a moment,
you seek the stars in her eyes
the glow of her cheeks
reaches you.
You can now go.
You know that you’re leaving
with her
inside you.



Elizabeth Grech is from Malta anad 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.

Pic Credit: Virginia Monteforte



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