The Tram Journey

The Tram Journey
You got on the same tram
only to get off before me,
your steps were slow,
your hand shook slightly,
your gaze was lit by nostalgia...
Looking at your gentle face,
your boyish air – grey-haired! - 
I saw myself there.
I wondered about your life,
I thought about our journey,
the road we were sharing
on this tram!
People got on,
People got off – 
together on this same tram!
Our faces
masked our uncertainties,
only your eyes shone,
as you smiled tentatively
...then it was time,
you treated me to a last smile,
as you left your seat
and the tram continued 
on its way.
Milena Ercolani

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translated by Pasquale Iannone and Robyn Marsack

Reproduced by kind permission of the author and translators.
Milena Ercolani

Milena Ercolani was born in San Marino in 1963. She co-founded the literary association La Sammarina and is currently its president.

She represented San Marino at the 2012 Poetry Parnassus festival in London.

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About The Tram Journey

This poem, representing San Marino, is part of The Written World – our collaboration with BBC radio to broadcast a poem from every single nation competing in London 2012.