“If I want too much, give me nothing then/ but a blissful smile, a happy grin.”

Gianni Rodari

Filastrocca di Capodanno

Gianni Rodari 

Filastrocca di Capodanno:
fammi gli auguri per tutto l’anno:
voglio un gennaio col sole d’aprile,
un luglio fresco, un marzo gentile;
voglio un giorno senza sera,
voglio un mare senza bufera;
voglio un pane sempre fresco,
sul cipresso il fiore del pesco;
che siano amici il gatto e il cane,
che diano latte le fontane.
Se voglio troppo, non darmi niente,
dammi una faccia allegra solamente.

New Year’s Day Rhyme

Gianni Rodari

New Year’s Day Rhyme:
a year of well-wishes to make mine:
I want January with the an April sun,
July that’s cool, March that’s warm;
I want a day that sees no darkness,
I want a sea that feels no tempest;
I want bread that is never stale,
and on the cypress blossoms soft and pale;
may dogs and cats be forever friends,
and may milk flow from the fountains.
If I want too much, give me nothing then
but a blissful smile, a happy grin.


Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2018

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