City of My Childhood

by Alicja Kuberska

Far in the North, where the dark-eyed Neva River
Spills its cold waters, and a June day has no end,
The city of my childhood sprang up on the marsh.

In a dream-like longing, I return to the granite boulevards,
I marvel at the white-and-green facades of the palaces,
And the golden domes of the churches,
Glistening against the cool sky.

I hear clatter of horses’ hooves, and see a bronze horseman,
Traversing each night the broad prospects, and vast plazas.
With one leap, overcoming the chasm under the drawbridge.

I pass by elegant, French-style houses and gardens.
The riches of the age of the tsars added to their brilliance, their proud beauty.
The old capital of the empire never surrendered, never knelt down.

I believe that I will return here once more,
When fate reveals a magnanimous face.
I shall see the Maple, planted with a childish hand, reach the clouds.
I shall timidly peer into the windows of the house on Toreza Street.


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Alicja Maria Kuberska born in 1960, in Świebodzin, Poland. Currently, lives with her family in the health resort town of Inowrocław, Poland., In 2011 she published her first volume of poems entitled: “The Glass Reality”. A second volume, entitled: “ Analysis of Feelings”, was published in 2012. The third one ( in English) entitled “ Moments” was published as well Poland as USA in 2014. In the same year she published the volume in Polish entitled “ On the Border of Dream” and novel entitled “ Virtual Roses”.In 2015 the volume entitled" Girl in the Mirror " was poublishe in United Kingdom., Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines in Poland, USA, UK, Canada, India, Italy and Australia. Her poem: “Train” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In addition, her poems are read on various radio programs in Poland and Belgium., She wrote also a few plays for the theater, a lot of interviews for Polish and American magazines and newpapers., Alicja is a member of the Polish Writers Associations in Warsaw, Poland. She works as an editor of an artistic- literary quarterly “ Metafora”, published by Miniatura, Kraków. She publishes her poems in various online literary magazines, as well as, on her Facebook page.

Last updated May 24, 2015