Uomo felice

Piero Jahier

Ier l’altro ha avuto la promozione, la quale gli mancava per esser felice.

Ma quando stava per sentirsi felice, il secondo molare della mascella – in alto a destra – ha ricominciato a dolere.

Veramente anche prima tantissime volte quel molare medesimo aveva doluto.

Però andava con la mancata promozione; non sarebbe stato felice anche se l’avesse fatto cavare; un molare, d’altronde, così prosperoso.

Ieri invece: soltanto quel molare cominciò a separarlo da esser felice.

Allora non potè più rinunziare a esser felice; e se lo fece cavare, e la caverna fece infezione, e fu morto stamattina.

Happy Man

Piero Jahier

He got a promotion the other day, the one that had kept him from being happy.

But just when he was about to be happy, the second mandibular molar – top right corner – started to hurt again.

In actual fact, that very same molar had hurt many times before.

But it had accompanied his lack of a promotion; he wouldn’t have been happy even if they had pulled it; a molar, however, so very prosperous.

But yesterday: it was that molar alone that kept him from being happy.

So, he could no longer put off being happy; and he had it pulled, and the hole got infected, and he died this morning.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

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