The moon
nicotine of a kiss. . .

A sideways glance
like the mast of a pirate ship
beyond a distant island

From Fresco: Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku, translated by Henry Israeli, published by New Directions. Copyright © 2001 by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Translation copyright © 2001 by Henry Israeli. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.