Il colloquio


di Ada Negri


Quando ti avrò raggiunto sulla sponda del fiume di luce

e tu mi chiederai che ho fatto tant’anni senza di te,

io ti risponderò: “Ho continuato il colloquio”.

Tu riderai per dolcezza tutto il riso de’ tuoi bianchi denti,

e cingerai le mie spalle col tuo gesto securo di despota.

E lungo i prati di viole che fioriscono solo pei morti

continueremo il colloquio.

The heart-to-heart


by Ada Negri


When I have reached you on the banks of the river of light

and you ask me how I spent my many years without you,

I shall say: “I continued our heart-to-heart.”

Kindly you will laugh in the beam of your white teeth,

and encircle my shoulders steadily in your despotic stance.

And along the fields of violets that bloom only for the dead

we will continue our heart-to-heart.



Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi



Ada Negri, 1870-1945, was born in Lodi; she was the first Italian poet from the working class. She was the author of numerous works, both poetry and prose.

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