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Monday, June 15, 2015

"A un partente," by Vincenzo Cardarelli; "To someone about to leave," by Vincenzo Cardarelli, English version, translated by LiteraryJoint


Making Waves: Monet's 1864 Coastal View “la Pointe de la Héve, Sainte-Adresse” at The National Gallery in London.

To someone about to leave  


You will migrate, oh friend
from the Italian rubbles
towards the intact, idyllic Helvetia.
Light, like that of swallows,   
shall be your flight.
And like a swallow you shall cross over
high up, above the flames,
which make the sky an inferno. 
Higher than death, which above us,
doomed ancients, 
will keep standing.
We called upon her, it is in her good right to claim us.
But the guest who, born in
an innocent land, 
came to suffer,  guiltless,  
from our woes,
it is fair for him to leave and deprive us
of his undeserved goodness.
Our heart follows you, oh friend.
The best wish of those who remain accompanies you 
in  the audacious passage.

From the collection "Poesie," 1942, by Vincenzo Cardarelli.
From "Vincenzo Cardarelli: The Forgotten amongst the Great. A Collection of the Best Poems by Vincenzo Cardarelli, Translated in English," available as e-book on Amazon Kindle, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touchon NOOK Bookon Koboand as printed, traditional edition through Lulu.

A un partente


Voi migrerete, amico
dalle macerie italiane
verso l'intatta idillica Elvezia.
Leggero, come di rondine,
sarà il vostro volo.
E come rondine voi passerete
in alto, sopra le fiamme,
che fan del cielo un inferno.
Piú alto della morte che su noi,
reprobì antichi,
seguiterà a sovrastare
Noi la chiarnammo, è suo diritto mieterci.
Ma l'ospite che, prole
d'una terra innocente,
ebbe a sofirire, incolpevole,
delle nostre sventure,
giusto è che ci lasci e che ci privi
di sua bontà immeritata.
Il cor vi segue, amico.
L'augurio di chi resta vi accompagna
nel transito audace.

From the collection "Poesie," 1942, by Vincenzo Cardarelli.

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