Gradino dopo gradino

Emilio Paolo Taormina

gradino

dopo gradino

saprai

che ce l’hai fatta

quando

potrai fumarti

una sigaretta

accanto alla luna

*

tireremo fuori

dai bauli

gli addobbi di natale

il presepe dei nonni

qualche risata

fossilizzata

negli abiti

di carnevale

ma ricordiamoci

che è  dicembre

e  qualcuno

di quei ragazzi

è morto da tempo

*

dondola nel vento

il nido

della colomba

tra i rami

dello eucalipto

anche io

una volta

ho cullato

tra le braccia

i miei bambini

*

non c’è più

l’albero

dei gelsi neri

restano nella mente

i bambini

arrampicati

ai rami

con la bocca rossa

dei suoi frutti

Step by step

Emilio Paolo Taormina

step

by step

you’ll know

you’ve arrived

when

you can smoke

a cigarette

by the moon

*

we’ll take

from the boxes

Christmas decorations

our grandparents’ manger scene

a bit of laughter

fossilized

in carnival

costumes

but will remember

it’s Christmas

and some

of those children

have been gone for some time

*

in the wind sways

a dove’s

nest among

the branches

of the eucalyptus

I too

once

rocked

my children

in my arms

*

the black mulberry

tree

no longer exists

the memory that remains

is of children

crouched

on branches

mouths red

with fruit

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Emilio Paolo Taormina (Palermo, 1938) is an independent author. His work has been translated into numerous languages. His poems can be found in numerous anthologies and journals, both Italian and international.

Books by the author: http://www.libraccio.it/autore/emilio-paolo-taormina/libri.html

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