Ciclone in Toscana

 

Ernesto Ragazzoni

 

 

… e lieve lieve

cade la neve

sull’alta pieve

di Pontassieve

e il tetto breve

che ne riceve

piú che non deve

si fa piú greve

sempre piú greve

ahi troppo greve

e cade in breve

non piú la neve

sovra la pieve

sibben la pieve

sovra la neve

che cade lieve

sull’alta pieve

di Pontassieve

e il tetto breve

che ne riceve

piú che non deve

si fa piú greve

sempre piú greve

ahi troppo greve

e cade in breve

non piú la neve

sovra la pieve

sibben la pieve

sovra la neve

che cade lieve

sull’alta pieve

di Pontassieve

e il tetto breve.

Cyclone in Tuscany

 

Ernesto Ragazzoni

 

 

…lightly so lightly

fell the snow nightly

on the high belfry

in Pontassieve

and there the roof be

anything but free

more than it should be

it becomes heavy

ever more heavy

oh much too heavy

down it fell briefly

not the snow nightly

on the high belfry

but the high belfry

on the snow fell free

snow that fell lightly

on the high belfry

in Pontassieve

and there the roof be

anything but free

more than it should be

it becomes heavy

ever more heavy

oh much too heavy

down it fell briefly

not the snow nightly

on the high belfry

but the high belfry

on the snow fell free

snow that fell lightly

on the high belfry

in Pontassieve

and there the roof be.

 

 

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

 

A free spirit, Ernesto Ragazzoni (1870-1920) was a journalist, poet, writer and humorist. He was intelligent and prophetic, anti-conformist and multifaceted, an Anglicist and polyglot, an theosophist and Nietzschean, an anarcho-socialist and alcoholic, who, through irony, made fun of everything, and most of all himself, using a wit that often reveals a bitter, tormented streak.

 

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