Il ricco con me vuol parlar poesia

 

Di Piero Jahier

 

Il ricco con me vuol parlar poesia

Ma bisogna che parliamo sussistenza, prima.

Altrimenti non arriveremo alla poesia

O come vorrei poter parlare subito di poesia!

E avrei voluto, in vita.

 

………………………………………….

 

Dunque se il ricco vuol parlare poesia

bisogna che parliamo sussistenza prima.

Lui ricco è prima ricco e poi uomo.

E anch’io prima povero e poi uomo.

Debbo scavalcar la miseria per entrare in poesia.

Scavalchi la ricchezza, e ci troveremo insieme.

With me the rich man wants to talk poetry

 

By Piero Jahier

 

With me the rich man wants to talk poetry

But we must talk subsistence, first.

Otherwise we will never make it to poetry

Oh how I would like now to be able to talk poetry!

And I would have liked to, in life.

 

……………………………………………………

 

So if the rich man wants to talk poetry

we must talk subsistence first.

The rich man is first rich and then man.

And I too am first poor and then man.

I must overcome poverty to enter into poetry.

Overcome wealth, and we can come together.

 

Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi

 

 

Piero Jahier was born in Genoa in 1884. On his poetry Renato Serra writes: “Beautiful things, contorted, nervous, weighed down with deep sighs of human intimacy and passion and sadness, which were mixed with the strong desire to create emotions of the fullest joy, and the movement of the soul in its intolerable music.”

 

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