La vita… è ricordarsi di un risveglio

Sandro Penna

La vita… è ricordarsi di un risveglio
triste in un treno all’alba: aver veduto
fuori la luce incerta: aver sentito
nel corpo rotto la malinconia
vergine e aspra dell’aria pungente.
Ma ricordarsi la liberazione
improvvisa è piú dolce: a me vicino
un marinaio giovane: l’azzurro
e il bianco della sua divisa, e fuori
un mare tutto fresco di colore.

Life…is remembering a sad awakening

Sandro Penna

Life…is remembering a sad awakening
on a train at daybreak: having seen
the uncertain light outside: having felt
in this broken body the melancholy
virgin and bitter of the pungent air.
But remembering the sudden
freedom is sweeter: next to me
a young sailor: the azure
and the white of his uniform, and outside
a sea all fresh with colour.

Translation @Matilda Colarossi 2018

About the poet:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sandro-Penna
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