Maltese Poet Pens Heartbreaking Tribute To Malta's Greener Past

"Jaqbżilna d-dmugħ kif naraw ir-ritratti ta' nannietna jinqalbu fil-ħaxix"

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Maltese poet and author Immanuel Mifsud shared his latest poem Qalulna online on Wednesday afternoon, and it's equal parts anger and sorrow-inducing. 

Targeting the recent slew of development around the Maltese islands, Mifsud's poem comments on undelivered promises, while looking back at a better time. A time, that is, which can now only be accessed through memories of our grandparents and a different, greener, Malta.

The poem quotes Government promises to the Maltese people through recent years, echoing not only the work's title, but also popular political slogans like "Rebbiegħa ġdida" and "L-aqwa żmien". 

Here is Mifsud's poem in full:

Qalulna

Qalulna: issa bdiet rebbiegħa ġdida.

Qalulna: żmien il-bużullotti spiċċa.

Qalulna: wasal terremot mill-isbaħ.

Qalulna: dan pajjiżna tagħna lkoll.

Qalulna: tibżgħu xejn - qegħdin fis-sod.

Qalulna: mhix problema l-prezzijiet - 

tmutux dlonk kif tirċievu l-kontijiet.

Qalulna: dan bilfors hu l-aqwa żmien.

Emminniehom. Kull darba emminniehom.

Illum inqaħqħu ma' kull pass li nagħtu

u nitolbu biex jispuntaw il-pjanti

imqar minn xi tieqa fl-ghoxrin sular.

Jaqbżilna d-dmugħ kif naraw ir-ritratti

ta' nannietna jinqalbu fil-ħaxix;

ta' ommna bil-fjur f'xagħarha, kollha jfuħu;

missierna jaqta' l-ħawħ u n-nuċiprisk.

Jaqbżilna d-dmugħ. U d-dmugħ lewn il-konkrit.

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David Grech Urpani

Sarcastically ironic, Dave is a recovering hipster musician with a penchant for chicken, women's clothes and Kanye.

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