Quel giovane tedesco

Franco Fortini

Quel giovane tedesco
ferito sul Lungosenna
ai piedi d’una casa
durante l’insurrezione
che moriva solo
mentre Parigi era urla
intorno all’Hôtel de Ville
e moriva senza lamenti
la fronte sul marciapiede.

Quel fascista a Torino
che sparò per due ore
e poi scese per strada
con la camicia candida
con i modi distinti
e disse andiamo pure
asciugando il sudore
con un foulard di seta.

La poesia non vale
l’incanto non ha forza
quando tornerà il tempo
uccidetemi allora.

Ho letto Lenin e Marx
non temo la rivoluzione
ma è troppo tardi per me;
almeno queste parole
servissero dopo di me
alla gioia di chi viva
senza più il nostro orgoglio.

1947

That young German

Franco Fortini

That young German
hurt on the banks of the Seine
at the foot of a house
during the uprising
who died alone
while Paris was cheer
round the Hôtel de Ville
and was dying silently
his face to the pavement.

That fascist in Turin
who fired for two hours
and then appeared on the road
in a white shirt
well mannered
and said let’s go
drying his sweat
with a silk foulard.

Poetry doesn’t count
its magic has no strength
when the time comes again
kill me then.

I’ve read Lenin and Marx
I don’t fear the revolution
but it’s too late for me;
may these words at least
serve after me
for the joy of those who live
without our pride.

1947

Translation©Matilda Colarossi 2019

The poem Quel giovane e Tedesco by Franco Fortini is from the collection Al poco lume (1946-1950).

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