Frederik Rreshpja - The eagle

The supreme bird stares as the airplane flies
Regards that hard aluminum being with disdain
Taking note as it moans in its metallic pain.

Relax, ancient plane of rhapsodies!
It is human separation which cries to the skies
Chased by a cavalry of rain.

- Shqiponja, from the volume Lirika të zgjedhura, Tirana, Albin 1994. Translated from the Albanian by Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck