Cielo di Giugno


Ada Negri

Cielo di giugno, azzurra giovinezza

dell’anno; ed allegrezza

di rondini sfreccianti in folli giri

nell’aria. Ombre, ombre d’ali

vedo guizzar sul bianco arroventato

del muro in fronte: ombre a saetta, nere,

vive al mio sguardo più dell’ali vere.

Traggon dal nulla, scrivendo con nulla

parole d’un linguaggio

perduto; e le cancellano

ratte, fuggendo via fra raggio e raggio.

June sky


Ada Negri

June sky, azure youthfulness

of the year; and the joyfulness

of swallows flitting in wild spins

in the air. Shadows, shadows of wings

I see darting against the incandescent wall

before me: lightening shadows, dusky,

more alive to me than wings would be.

They draw from nothing, writing with nothing

words of a language

lost; and wipe them away

quickly, fleeing between ray and ray.


Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2018

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