Storia Universale

di Gianni Rodari

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In principio la Terra era tutta sbagliata,
renderla più abitabile fu una bella faticata.
Per passare i fiumi non c’erano ponti.
Non c’erano sentieri per salire sui monti.

Ti volevi sedere?
Neanche l’ombra di un panchetto.
Cascavi dal sonno?
Non esisteva il letto.

Per non pungersi i piedi, né scarpe né stivali.
Se ci vedevi poco non trovavi gli occhiali.
Per fare una partita non c’erano palloni:
mancava la pentola e il fuoco per cuocere i maccheroni.

Anzi a guardare bene mancava anche la pasta.
Non c’era nulla di niente.
Zero via zero, e basta.

C’erano solo gli uomini, con due braccia per lavorare
e agli errori più grossi si poté rimediare.
Da correggere, però, ne restano ancora tanti:
rimboccatevi le maniche, c’è lavoro per tutti quanti.

World history

by Gianni Rodari

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In the beginning the World was all amiss,
making it livable wasn’t easy I’ll confess.
To cross rivers there were no bridges.
And not a trail climbed to mountain ridges.

You wanted to sit?
Not a bench was there in sight.
You were dog tired?
Not a bed for the night.

To keep from pricking toes, neither shoes nor galoshes.
If your eyes were weak, no sign of glasses.
For a bit of fun no games could you see:
no pots were there or fire to cook macaroni.

And anyways there was no pasta to be sure.
There was nothing at all.
Zero plus zero and no more.

There were only men, with two working arms
and huge errors were fixed to avoid harm.
Things to be corrected, however, are still quite a few:
so roll up your sleeves, there’s a lot of work  to do.

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Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

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