Le osterie/ Taverns by Alda Merini

 

 

Le osterie

Alda Merini

A me piacciono gli anfratti bui

delle osterie dormienti

dove la gente culmina nell’eccesso del canto,

a me piacciono le cose bestemmiate e leggere,

e i calici di vino profondi,

dove la mente esulta,

livello di magico pensiero.

Troppo sciocco è piangere sopra un amore perduto

malvissuto e scostante,

meglio l’acre vapore del vino

indenne,

meglio l’ubriacatura del genio,

meglio sì meglio

l’indagine sorda delle scorrevolezze di vite;

io amo le osterie

che parlano il linguaggio sottile

della lingua di Bacco,

e poi nelle osterie

ci sta il nome Charles

scritti a caratteri d’oro.

Taverns

Alda Merini

I like the dark corners

of sleepy taverns

where people culminate in excessive cries,

I like things cussed and light,

and the deep cups of wine,

where the mind exults,

level of magical thought.

It’s so silly to snivel over a lost love

loosely lived and aloof,

better the sour vapors of innocuous

wine,

better the drunken stupor of the genius,

better yes better

the deaf pursuit of easy flowing life;

I love taverns

that speak the smooth tongue

of the language of Bacchus,

and then in taverns

we find the name Charles

written in gold script.

.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2018

From the collection Poeti italiana del secondo Novecento, Edited by M. Cucchi and S. Giovanardi, Milan, Mondadori, 1996, This poem is part of the text Poesie per Charles (1991), dedicated to a painter, a guest in her home.

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