Questi giorni invernali cosi chiari/These winter days that are so very clear by Corrado Govoni

 

Questi giorni invernali cosi chiari

Corrado Govoni

Questi giorni invernali così chiari,

e queste notti ancora più serene

mi mettono nel cuore tanto gelo:

come se mi scorresse nelle vene

il freddo dei sessanta inverni amari;

e fosse tutto un vetro terra e cielo

col tuo ghiaccio disciolto dal mio pianto,

dalle Pleiadi al vischio al calicanto.

These winter days that are so very clear

Corrado Govoni

These winter days that are so very clear

and the nights that are even more serene

fill my heart with an abundance of rime:

it is as if streaming within my veins

were the cold of sixty winters severe;

and as if all were glass both land and sky

your ice dissolved by my tears of sorrow,

from Pleiades to wintersweet to mistletoe.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

The poem is from the collection “Aladino”, published in 1946 and is dedicated to Govoni’s son who was shot by the Naziis during the Fosse Ardeatine massacre of March 24, 1944. It represents the highest and purest poetic moment in the collection. In these very brief verses we find the inconsolable anguish for the death of his son: the days are, therefore, cold and very clear like the rime in the poet’s heart. Everything is coldness. He, the father, is sixty, sixty are the cold winters drowned in the surrounding silence. His endless pain is projected in nature and the cosmos.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

One thought on “Questi giorni invernali cosi chiari/These winter days that are so very clear by Corrado Govoni

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s