L’albero dei poveri

Di Gianni Rodari

Filastrocca di Natale,
la neve è bianca come il sale,
la neve è fredda, la notte è nera
ma per i bambini è primavera:
soltanto per loro, ai piedi del letto
è fiorito un alberetto.

Che strani fiori, che frutti buoni
oggi sull’albero dei doni:
bambole d’oro, treni di latta,
orsi dal pelo come d’ovatta,
e in cima, proprio sul ramo più alto,
un cavalo che spicca il salto.
Quasi lo tocco…

Ma no, ho sognato,
ed ecco, adesso, mi sono destato:
nella mia casa, accanto al mio letto
non è fiorito l’alberetto.
Ci sono soltanto i fiori del gelo
Sui vetri che mi nascondono il cielo.
L’albero dei poveri sui vetri è fiorito:
io lo cancello con un dito.

The poor man’s tree

By Gianni Rodari

The Christmas rhyme,
the snow’s as white as brine,
the snow is cold and the night is black
but for children spring is back:
just for them, at the foot of the bed
a wonderful tree has budded.

What strange flowers, what good fruit
on the tree today of gifts to boot:
dolls of gold, trains of tin,
bears with fuzzy coats of cotton,
and on top, on the highest limb,
a horse just about to take wing.
I can almost touch it…

No, it was a reverie,
and well, now I’m awake, you see:
inside my house, beside my bed
No tree has budded.
There are only frosty buds by the bye
on the windows that hide the sky.
There the poor man’s tree has budded:
with my finger I remove them.

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Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi

 

Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer and journalist. He was famous for his children’s books, poems and rhymes. For his contribution to children’s literature he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.

 

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