Problema di stagioni


Gianni Rodari

“Signor maestro, che le salta in mente?

Questo problema è un’astruseria,

non ci si capisce niente:

trovate il perimetro dell’allegria,

la superficie della libertà,

il volume della felicità…


Quest’altro poi

è un po’ troppo difficile per noi:

quanto pesa una corsa in mezzo ai prati?

Saremo certo bocciati”.


Ma il maestro che ci vede sconsolati:

“Son semplici problemi di stagione.

Durante le vacanze

troverete la soluzione”.

A question of seasons


Gianni Rodari

“Excuse me teacher, what were you thinking?

This question is so ridiculous,

it’s just mind-boggling:

find the perimeter of happiness,

the surface area of freedom,

the volume of elation…


And this other riddle

is impossible, we’re just too little:

what does a run through the meadows weigh?

We’ll never pass. There is no way!”


Says the teacher, seeing our dismay:

“It’s really just a question of the season,

and during your holiday

you’ll find the solution.”


Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

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