Speranza

Gianni Rodari

S’io avessi una botteguccia
fatta di una sola stanza
vorrei mettermi a vendere
sai cosa? La speranza.

“Speranza a buon mercato!”
per un soldo ne darei
ad un solo cliente
quanto basti per sei.

E alla povera gente
che non ha da campare
darei tutta la mia speranza
senza farla pagare.

Hope

Gianni Rodari

If I had a tiny shop
just the size of an envelope
well there I’d like to sell
you know what? Hope.

“Hope here on sale!”
for a penny yessiree
to every single bloke
hope enough for three.

And to all the folk
to whom life is hard
I’d give all my hope
free of charge.

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Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

From the collection Filastrocche per tutto l’anno, by Gianni Rodari, Einaudi.

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