December 21, 2017

Happy Winter!

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The occasion signifies the coming increase of sunlight and the slow return of spring. In honor of this wondrous cycle I would like to share a poem by Giuseppe Rosato (b. 1932 – Lanciano, Abruzzo) from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism (A Trilingual Anthology) edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, p.58.
Suddenly, skies darkened
clouds swarmed
and a burst of snow
enwhitened the world.

Upon that cottony silence
time stopped to catch its breath,
and forget to pass.

You could feel the embers of your thoughts
dying. Outside, a pack of children,
cut loose, rejoiced.

(Translated by Anthony Molino)