Mdina – Henry Briffa

Il belt siekta Malta
after a wave of dreams

I’m woken by walkers
laughing loudly along
echoing limestone lanes
fighting her lack of noise

labouring to find peace in
the mind-altering quiet
confined within my medieval cell’s
24 inch stone walls
stone roof stone floor

I begin to hear
the noise
I make
contemplating
those who sleep no more

300 souls
populate this citadel
held with fortitude
to sleep in peace

*The ancient citadel of Mdina is known as Malta’s silent city which in Maltese is Il belt siekta