“I believe nursery rhymes, the old and new, can help educate the mind.” Gianni Rodari

Filastrocca burlona 

Gianni Rodari

 Filastrocca un po’ burlona
per divertire qualunque persona:
se la salita fosse in discesa,
se la montagna stesse distesa,
se tutte le scale andassero in giù,
se i fiumi corressero all’insù,
se tutti i giorni fosse festa,
se fosse zucchero la tempesta,
se sulle piante crescesse il pane,
come le pesche e le banane,
se mi facessero il monumento…
io non sarei ancora contento.
Voglio prima veder sprofondare
tutte le armi in fondo al mare.

Silly rhyme

Gianni Rodari

Silly silly nursery rhyme
to amuse anyone anytime:
if an ascent were downhill,
if a mountain lay level,
if all the stairs went downwards,
if all the rivers ran upwards,
if all the days were a holiday,
if storms were made of candy,
if the trees grew bread buns
like peaches and bananas,
if they made a monument to honour me…
still I would not be happy.
First of all I’d like there to be
weapons sunk to the bottom of the sea.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2019

This poem, first published by Editori Riuniti, is now found in a collection here: https://www.edizioniel.com/catalogo-anticipazioni/100-gianni-rodari-novita-gennaio-2020/

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