La sabbia e l’angelo

Margherita Guidacci

Furono ultime a staccarsi le voci. Non le voci tremende
Della guerra e degli uragani,
E nemmeno voci umane ed amate,
Ma mormorii d’erbe e d’acque, risa di vento, frusciare
Di fronde tra cui scoiattoli invisibili giocavano,
Ronzio felice d’insetti attraverso molte estati
Fino a quell’insetto che più insistente ronzava
Nella stanza dove noi non volevamo morire.
E tutto si confuse in una nota, in un fermo
E sommesso tumulto, come quello del sangue
Quando era vivo il nostro sangue. Ma sapevamo ormai
Che a tutto ciò era impossibile rispondere.
E quando l’Angelo ci chiese: «Volete ancora ricordare?»
Noi stessi l’ implorammo: «Lascia che venga il silenzio!»

The sand and the angel

Margherita Guidacci

The last to go were the voices. Not the terrible voices
Of the war and of the storms,
Nor the voices human and loved,
But the murmurings of grass and water, the mirth of wind, the flutter
Of foliage among which invisible squirrels played,
The joyous buzz of insects over numerous summers
Until the buzzing of that most insistent insect
In the room where we did not want to die.
And it all was lost in a note, in a still
And muted tumult, like our blood
When our blood was alive. But we knew by then
That there was no answer to it all.
And when the Angel asked: “Do you still want to remember?”
We ourselves begged him: “Let the silence come!”

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

The poem, by Margherita Guidacci is from the collection “La sabbia e l’angelo” (1946), and can be found in “Margherita Guidacci, Le poesie”, Casa Editrice Le Lettere, 1999.
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