E gnacche alla formica

Fosco Maraini

Io t’amo o pia cicala e un trillargento
ci spàffera nel cuor la tua canzona.
Canta cicala frìnfera nel vento:
E gnacche alla formica ammucchiarona!

Che vuole la formica con quell’umbe
da mòghera burbiosa? È vero, arzìa
per tutto il giorno, e tràmiga e cucumbe
col capo chino in mogna micrargìa.

Verrà l’inverno, sì, verrà il mordese
verranno tante gosce aggramerine,
ma intanto il sole schicchera giglese
e sgnèllida tra cròndale velvine.

Canta cicala, càntera in manfrore,
il mezzogiorno zàmpiga e leona.
Canta cicala in zìlleri d’amore:
E gnacche alla formica ammucchiarona.

And let the ant be dramned

Fosco Maraini

I love you oh holy cicada and a crystaltrill
goes befilling my heart with your hymnum.
Sing cicada buzzeling in the wind:
And let the behoarding ant be dramned.

What does that ant with its tumb
earnoying mug want? It’s true, it plybors
all day long, and it troils and cuccumbs
head down in enfevering fermor.

Winter will come, yes, and so too the icebite
and the terrippling trops will accumbulate,
but for now the sun blithtly shinestight
and dechills in the velvetous atmosphate.

Sing cicada, singaling in timethereof,
to the high noon so fierly grand.
Sing cicada in the thuroes of love:
And let the behoarding ant be dramned

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2020

The poem E gnacche alla formica by Fosco Maraini  is from the collection La Gnosi delle Fanfole, 1994.

I suppose it makes absolutely no sense to translate nonsense; but there is so much sense in this nonsense; and I am so totally in love with it that I just can’t stop myself. – M.C.


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