Guido Gozzano


La pecorina di gesso,

sulla collina in cartone,

chiede umilmente permesso

ai Magi in adorazione.


Splende come acquamarina

il lago, freddo e un po’ tetro,

chiuso fra la borraccina,

verde illusione di vetro.


Lungi nel tempo, e vicino

nel sogno (pianto e mistero)

c’è accanto a Gesù Bambino,

un bue giallo, un ciuco nero.



Guido Gozzano


The plaster cast sheep,

on the hill of cardboard high,

humbly does seek

to worship the Magi.


Like aquamarine is the gloss

of the lake, cold and a bit dismal,

enclosed within the moss,

a green illusion of crystal.


Distant in time, and near us

in a dream (lament and mystery)

we find next to Baby Jesus,

a yellow ox, a black donkey.




Translation ©Matilda Colarossi



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