August 6, 2009


[poem by Giuseppe Ungaretti; translation by Dan Stone]

Rivedo la tua bocca lenta
(Il mare le va incontro delle notti)
E la cavalla delle reni
In agonia caderti
Nelle mie braccia che cantavano,
E riportarti un sonno
Al colorito e a nuove morti.

E la crudele solitudine
Che in sé ciascuno scopre, se ama,
Ora tomba infinita,
Da te mi divide per sempre.

Cara, lontana come in uno specchio…

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I see again your slow mouth
(The ocean of nights rolls towards it)
And the mare of your loins
In agony falling from you
Into my arms that sang,
And sleep returning you
To a blush and to new deaths.

And the cruel solitude
That each discovers in himself, if he loves,
Now an infinite tomb,
Divides me from you forever.

Beloved, far away as in a mirror…

giuseppe ungaretti


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