TACI ANIMA STANCA DI GODERE

di Camillo Sbarbaro

Taci, anima stanca di godere e di soffrire (all’uno e all’altro vai rassegnata). Nessuna voce tua odo se ascolto: non di rimpianto per la miserabile giovinezza, non d’ira o di speranza, e neppure di tedio.

Giaci come

il corpo, ammutolita, tutta piena d’una rassegnazione disperata.

Noi non ci stupiremmo,

non è vero, mia anima, se il cuore si fermasse, sospeso se ci fosse il fiato…

Invece camminiamo.

camminiamo io e te come sonnambuli. E gli alberi son alberi, le case sono case, le donne che passano son donne, e tutto è quello che è, soltanto quel che è. La vicenda di gioia e di dolore non ci tocca. Perduta ha la sua voce la sirena del mondo, e il mondo è un grande deserto.

Nel deserto

io guardo con asciutti occhi me stesso.

YOU ARE STILL, MY SOUL

by Camillo Sbarbaro

You are still, my soul, from joy and sorrow spent (to one and the other resigned). Your voice I do not hear when I listen: neither of regret for my miserable youth, nor of anger or of hope, not even of weariness.

Like a body

you lie, speechless, teeming with desperate resignation.

We would not be surprised,

would we, my soul, if our heart should stop, suspended if there be breath…

We walk instead.

we walk you and I like sleepwalkers. And the trees are trees, and the houses are houses, the women who pass are women, and it is all what it is, simply what it is. That matter of joy and sorrow touches us not. Lost is the voice of the siren of the world, and the world is a great desert.

In that desert

dry eyed I observe myself.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Camillo Sbarbaro was born in Santa Margherita Ligure in 1888: he collaborated with the newspapers the « Voce » and the « Riviera Ligure »; he was a soldier in WWI, and lived his life in Genoa, somewhat isolated from the active literary scene of the times.

Published in 1914 in Pianissimo, the poem sums up the main themes of much of Sbarbaro’s poetry: the solitude of modern man, his existential aridity, and his detachment in a world without hope. Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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