“Keep peace alive,/ down with war!” Gianni Rodari  

Dall’uovo di Pasqua  

Gianni Rodari  

Dall’uovo di Pasqua
è uscito un pulcino
di gesso arancione
col becco turchino.
Ha detto: “Vado,
mi metto in viaggio
e porto a tutti
un grande messaggio”.
E volteggiando
di qua e di là
paesi e città
ha scritto sui muri,
nel cielo e per terra:
“Viva la pace,
abbasso la guerra”.    
From the Easter egg  

Gianni Rodari

From the Easter egg
came a little chick
of orange clay
with a light blue beak.
It chirped: “I’m off,
I’m moving on
there’s an important message
I must pass on.”
And as it fluttered
this way and that
soaring over
cities and lands
it wrote in the sky,
on the walls and the earth:
“Keep peace alive,
down with war!  

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2021    

From the collection Rime per tutto l’anno, by Gianni Rodari, Giunti Junior (2008)

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