La gioia perfetta

Diego Valeri

Com’è triste il giorno di maggio
dentro al vicolo povero e solo!
Di tanto sole neppure un raggio;
con tante rondini, neanche un volo.

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Pure c’era in quello squallore,
in quell’uggia greve e amara,
un profumo di cielo in fiore,
un barlume di gioia chiara.

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C’era in alto una voce di mamma,
così calma, così pura!
che cantava la ninna nanna
alla propria creatura.

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C’era… c’erano tante rose
affacciate ad una finestra,
che ridevano come spose
preparate per la festa.

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C’era seduto sui gradini
d’una casa di pezzenti,
un bambino piccino, piccino,
dai grandi occhi risplendenti.

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E poi dopo non c’era più nulla…
Ma, di maggio, alla via poveretta
basta un bimbo, un fiore, una culla
per formare una gioia perfetta.

The perfect joy

Diego Valeri

How sad is the morning in May
in a back road poor and alone!
So much sun but not a single ray;
so many swallows but in flight none.

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And yet in that profound gloom,
in the shade oppressive and bitter,
the perfume of skies in bloom,
the hint of joy aglitter.

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There was a mother’s voice above.
a voice so calm, so vibrant!
singing a lullaby of love
for her newborn infant.

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There are…there were flowers
dangling down from a window sill,
laughing gaily like lovers
preparing for a festival.

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There was sitting on the stair
of a poor-man’s shanty
a child tiny and fair,
with eyes big and shining.

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Afterwards there was nothing else…
But in May, on a poor back road
a child, a cradle, a flower does suffice
for the perfect joy to be bestowed.

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Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Diego Valeri (Piove di Sacco, 1887 – Roma, 1976) was a poet, literary critic and translator from French. The poem La gioia perfetta comes from the collection Poesie vecchie e nuove, Mondadori, Milano 1930.

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