Batte botte


Dino Campana

Ne la nave
Che si scuote,
Con le navi che percuote
Di un’aurora
Sulla prora
Splende un occhio
(Il mio passo
Beve l’ombra
Per il Quais)
Ne la luce
Da le navi
A la città
Solo il passo
Che a la notte
Si percuote
Per la notte
Dalle navi
Così vasta
Così ambigua
Per la notte
Così pura!
L’acqua (il mare
Che n’esala?)
A le rotte
Ne la notte
Batte: cieco
Per le rotte
Dentro l’occhio
De la notte
Di un destino
Ne la notte
Più lontano
Per le rotte
De la notte
Il mio passo
Batte botte..

Beats Batte


Dino Campana

On the ship
That bounds,
On to ships it sounds
Of a dawn
On the prow
Gleams an eye
(My footstep
Sips the shadows
To the Quays)
In the light
From the ships
To the city
Only my step
Which at night
In the night
From the ships
So vast
So ambiguous
In the night
So pure!
The water (exhaled
By the sea?)
En route
In the night
Beats: blind
Along the routes
Within the eye
Of the night
Of a destiny
In the night
Farther off
Along the routes
Of the night
My step
Beats Batte.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

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