Dall’immagine tesa

 

Clemente Rebora

 

Dall’immagine tesa

vigilo l’istante

con imminenza di attesa –

e non aspetto nessuno:

nell’ombra accesa

spio il campanello

che impercettibile spande

un polline di suono –

e non aspetto nessuno:

fra quattro mura

stupefatte di spazio

più che un deserto

non aspetto nessuno:

ma deve venire,

verrà, se resisto

a sbocciare non visto,

verrà d’improvviso,

quando meno l’avverto:

verrà quasi perdono

di quanto fa morire,

verrà a farmi certo

del suo e mio tesoro,

verrà come ristoro

delle mie e sue pene,

verrà, forse già viene

il suo bisbiglio.

From the image taut

 

Clemente Rebora

 

From the image taut

I mind the instant

with the imminence of wait  –

and await no-one:

in the incandescent shade

I search the chimes

which unperceivable diffuse

the pollen of sound –

and await no-one:

within these walls

stupefied by space

greater than a desert

I await no-one:

but he must come,

and will come, if I endure

blossoming unseen,

he will come suddenly,

when least I expect it:

he will come as mercy perhaps

for all that leads to death,

he will come to assure me

of his and my riches,

he will come as solace

for my and his suffering,

he will come, perhaps he has already

softly speaking.

 

 

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

This last poem from the collection Canti anonimi, written in 1920, is considered Clemente Rebora’s masterpiece, and one of the highest moments of 20th century religious poetry. His trusting appeal to God, his certainty that He will come, evoked with trepidation, and acute tension in the silence of the deserted room, culminates with compensation (il ristoro/solace): His word, softly spoken.

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