“We have only one brain. Our creativity must be cultivated in all directions.”

Gianni Rodari (The grammar of fantasy, 1973)



Gianni Rodari 

Ci sono cose da fare ogni giorno:

lavarsi, studiare, giocare

preparare la tavola,

a mezzogiorno.

Ci sono cose da fare di notte:

chiudere gli occhi, dormire,

avere sogni da sognare,

orecchie per sentire.

Ci sono cose da non fare mai,

né di giorno né di notte

né per mare né per terra:

per esempio, LA GUERRA.



Gianni Rodari

There are things to be done every day:

bathe, study, and even play

help lay the table

at midday.

There are things to be done at night:

close your eyes and sleep

have dreams to dream

sounds to reap.

There are things never to be done:

not during the day nor at night

not at sea nor on the shore

one, for example, is WAR


Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2018

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