Leyla Şerif Emin
She was born in 1981 in Skopje, Macedonia. She graduated from the Turkish Language and Literature Department of University of Saint Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. She is currently a Master’s Degree student at the Oriental Studies Department of Kalkandelen University. She had worked for two years as a lecturer. In 2002, with university students she started publishing a literary magazine called “Köprü / Bridge” in Skopje. Since 2005, she is the editor-in-chief of this magazine. The importance of this magazine is that it is the only culture, arts and literary magazine published within the borders of Macedonia in Turkish. She hosted a Youth and Culture program on the Turkish language section of the Macedonian State Television for about three years. She is a member of the Macedonian Writers Union. In 2016 her essay book entitled “Üskübistan / Skopjeland”. From 2016 on she has been writing for a weekly newspaper/magazine called Gerçek Hayat / Real Life published in Turkey. She has assisted many Poetry Festivals to be organized in Skopje, Macedonia.

A Tale of Skopje

I turned into a trail out of unending troubles
There is no room for me in your opening wings
I set off on a journey secretly
Pomegranate cracked, the soil split off, we are scattered in the dust cloud…
Mosses are wrapped around the bridge feet
Red scarves are put on to dress the wounds
While the dingy darkness longs for the sun
The specks pin their hopes on the gates to be opened
Skopje has always been a candle to burn
It holds on to the tears and stands tall
A humming sound is heard by its door
Its foot prints challenge the world…
I turned into a trail by running out
There is no room on your wings, do not open them
I set off on a journey secretly
Dust scattered in the cloud, the soil split off, pomegranate cracked…
Mosses are wrapped around the bridge feet
Scarves are put on the wounds, in red
While longing for the sun, darkness is dingy
The gates shall be opened for the vineyards, hope for the specks…
It keeps burning, a humming sound is heard, it challenges the world…