Il lampo

Giovanni Pascoli

E cielo e terra si mostrò qual era:

la terra ansante, livida, in sussulto;

il cielo ingombro, tragico, disfatto:

bianca bianca nel tacito tumulto

una casa apparì sparì d’un tratto;

come un occhio, che, largo, esterrefatto,

s’aprì si chiuse, nella notte nera.


Giovanni Pascoli

The sky and earth emerged as they were:

the gasping earth, livid, gave a start;

the encumbered sky, wretched, spent:

pasty white in the tacit tumult

a house appeared disappeared in an instant;

like an eye, which, agape, astonished,

opened closed, in dusk’s darkest hour.


Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Il lampo (Lightning) is part of the collection Myricae by Giovanni Pascoli, published in 1894.

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