sabato 20 agosto 2016

la porta è socchiusa

La porta è socchiusa,
dolce respiro dei tigli...
Sul tavolo, dimenticati,
un frustino ed un guanto.

Giallo cerchio del lume...
Tendo l’orecchio ai fruscii.
Perché sei andato via?
Non comprendo...

Luminoso e lieto
domani sarà il mattino.
Questa vita è stupenda, s
ii dunque saggio, cuore.

Tu sei prostrato, batti
più sordo, più a rilento...
Sai, ho letto
che le anime sono immortali.

- Anna Achmàtova

the earth

God loafs around heaven,
without a shape
but He would like to smoke His cigar
or bite His fingernails
and so forth.

God owns heaven
but He craves the earth,
the earth with its little sleepy caves,
its bird resting at the kitchen window,
even its murders lined up like broken chairs,
even its writers digging into their souls
with jackhammers,
even its hucksters selling their animals
for gold,
even its babies sniffing for their music,
the farm house, white as a bone,
sitting in the lap of its corn,
even the statue holding up its widowed life,
even the ocean with its cupful of students,
but most of all He envies the bodies,
He who has no body.

The eyes, opening and shutting like keyholes
and never forgetting, recording by thousands,
the skull with its brains like eels –
the tablet of the world –
the bones and their joints
that build and break for any trick,
the genitals,
the ballast of the eternal,
and the heart, of course,
that swallows the tides
and spits them out cleansed.

He does not envy the soul so much.
He is all soul
but He would like to house it in a body
and come down
and give it a bath
now and then.

- Anne Sexton