As you are receding

by Dostena Anguelova, translated from the Bulgarian by Holly Karapetkova

you are traveling 
toward me
I feel you                                
in every step
through the city
gardens
where something
nameless
grows
in the shadows
of lilac
and in the stars
extinguished
and still unborn
on the road that leads to us—
we who have waited
a thousand summers
for your return.