April 30, 2018

An Alternative Version of the Daily Prayer of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George

In celebration of the two year anniversary of my investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, I’m posting an alternative version of the Daily Prayer of the Order. Originally published in Per un cammino spirituale dei Cavalieri e delle Dame Costantiniani (For a Spiritual Journey of the Constantinian Knights and Dames) on the occasion of the 2016 Pilgrimage to Rome, the prayer was recently translated into English in the inaugural issue of Constantinian Chronicle, the digital bulletin of the United States Delegation.* Congratulations to my fellow celebrants, it has been an honor and a blessing to serve with you these past two years. — Cav. Napoli, IHSV
The Daily Prayer of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George 
Lord Jesus, You have deigned to let me participate in the Militia of the Constantinian Knights of Saint George, I humbly beg You to intercede with the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii, Queen of Victories, the valiant Martyr Saint George, Your Glorious Knight, and all the Saints, to help me remain faithful to the traditions of our Order, practicing and defending the Holy Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Religion against the onslaught of impiety. 
It becomes for me an armor of faith and a shield of good will, sure defense against the pitfalls of my enemies - as visible as they are invisible. I beg You that I may have the grace to exercise charity towards my neighbor and especially towards the poor and the persecuted in the cause of Justice. 
Give me finally the virtues necessary to achieve, according to the spirit of the Gospel, with a disinterested and deeply Christian spirit, these holy desires, for the greater glory of God, the glorification of the Holy Cross and the propagation of the Faith, for the peace of the world and the good of the Constantinian Order of Saint George. Amen
* Constantinian Chronicle, January–March 2018, Issue 1, Volume 1

Also see: Observing My First Year in the Order

Photo of the Week: Torre Maggiore at Villa Rufolo in Ravello

Torre Maggiore, 14th-century tower at Villa Rufolo in Ravello
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Announcing the 118th Annual Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana in Niles, Illinois

For more info visit Maria SS. Lauretana of Altavilla Milicia in Chicago

April 29, 2018

Novena & Consecration to San Michele Arcangelo

The Archangel Michael smiting Lucifer, 16th century painting by Giovanni Angelo d'Amato da Maiori, Duomo di Ravello. Photos by New York Scugnizzo
April 29th — May 7th (Feast May 8th)

Consecration to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, invincible prince of the angelic hosts and glorious protector of the Universal Church, I greet thee and praise thee for that splendor with which God has adorned thee, especially to remain faithful when Lucifer and his followers rebelled, and to battle victoriously for the honor of God and the divinity of the Son of Man.

St. Michael, I consecrate to thee my soul and body. I choose thee as my patron and protector and entrust the salvation of my soul to thy care. Be the Guardian of my obligation as a child of God and of the Catholic Church as again I renounce Satan, his works and pomps. Assist me by thy powerful intercession in the fulfillment of these sacred promises, so that imitating thy courage and loyalty to God, and trusting in thy kind help and protection, I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul and be united with God in Heaven forever. Amen.


San Michele Arcangelo by Renato Rossi,
1931, 
Vietri sul Mare, Salerno
Novena Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made thee so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer. Thou dost know the value of my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me. I desire to imitate thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men. And since thou art God's messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request: (Here mention your request).

St. Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in thy prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God's holy will, my petition will be granted.

Pray for me, St. Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Around the Web: Dugout Release First Episode of Five-Part Napoli Documentary

Stadio San Paolo, Napoli (Photo by New York Scugnizzo)
Napoli - A Football City: The Fans
Check out the first episode of a five-part documentary, exploring the unique relationship between the people of Naples and their beloved club.

Dugout is a unique digital platform created with the world’s greatest clubs and players to connect global football fans and deliver exclusive behind-the-scenes content and access, free of charge and all in one place. Explore more on Dugout.com

Announcing the 2018 Feast of San Rocco in Glen Cove, New York

www.stroccoglencove.com
Also see:
• A Look at the "Best Feast in the East" — Scenes from the 2017 Saint Rocco Feast in Glen Cove, NY

• A Look at the "Best Feast in the East" — Scenes from the 2016 Saint Rocco Feast in Glen Cove, NY
• A Look at the "Best Feast in the East" — Scenes from the 2015 Saint Rocco Feast in Glen Cove, NY

April 28, 2018

Feast of the Madonna Incoronata

Viva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
The last Saturday of April is the Feast of the Madonna Incoronata (Our Lady Crowned), an ancient tradition dating back to the beginning of the 11th Century A.D. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting Praise to the Queen of Heaven (Salvi Rigina), a traditional Marian prayer from Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated by Peppino Ruggeri.(1) The accompanying photo was taken at St. Rocco's Church in Glen Cove, New York.
According to tradition, the Count of Ariano got lost while hunting in the forest near the River Cervaro in Foggia, Puglia. He took refuge in a nearby cottage when the woods turned unusually dark. At dawn the Count noticed a bright light shining through the trees. Drawn to the mysterious radiance, the Madonna appeared before him wearing a magnificent crown and levitating above a large oak tree. She revealed a statue of the Black Madonna perched in the branches. Awestricken, the Count promised to build a chapel to house her miraculous image.
Soon after, a shepherd named Strazzacappa, who was grazing his oxen close by, was also drawn to the light. Immediately recognizing the vision as the Blessed Mother, the humble herdsman set up a makeshift votive lamp with his caldarella in her honor beneath the tree. It is said that the oil was not consumed by the flame.
The Count fulfilled his vow and news of the miracle spread far and wide. The shrine quickly became a popular destination for devotees and those making the pilgrimage to the nearby Sanctuary of the Archangel Michael at Monte Sant'Angelo in the Gargano peninsula. Today, after several renovations, the Basilica Santuario Madre di Dio Incoronata is a major religious center visited by thousands annually. The Black Madonna and a branch from the oak are still on display.
Praise to the Queen of Heaven

Hail to you Mary, Mother of Mercy
Life, sweetness, and spring of joy
In you we trust when in trouble or pain
To you we come when we are in tears
In affliction your comfort we obtain.

Hear our pleas, our sweet defender
Virgin Mother with all sorrow laden
To our God you prayers direct
Because our actions have no effect
The door of paradise open to all
When death for comes to call. Amen. 


(1) Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated into English by Peppino Ruggeri, Legas 2009, p.139

Announcing the 2018 Saint Anthony Festival in Cortland, New York

www.saintanthonysfestival.org

April 27, 2018

Feast of the Madonna dei Miracoli

Ave Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
April 27th is the Feast day of the Madonna dei Miracoli (Our Lady of Miracles), patroness of Collesano in Provincia di Palermo, Sicily. In commemoration, I’m posting a prayer to Maria SS. dei Miracoli in Italian. The Accompanying photo of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, was taken at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and Saint Stephen's Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Preghiera
Vergine SS. Madre dei Miracoli, tu che in tante occasioni to sei mostrata nella portentosa immagine dell’Annunziata, Regina ed Avvocata del popolo di Collesano, deh I tu lo ricoveri sempre sotto il tuo manto stellato affinchè raccolto alle tu ginocchia, non paventi le insidie di Satana, nè sia desolato dai mali e dai flagelli. Che anzi qualora questo popolo a te si rivolga con fiducia e ti preghi nella tua cappella oh i allora esaudisci dall’eccelso soglio della tua gloria affinchè, dopo aver sperato ed ottenuto il tuo soccorso quì in terra, ottenga goderti eternamente nel Cielo.

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Monica in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

April 26, 2018

Celebrating the Feast of St. George with the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George

After Mass, clergy, knights and servers take a commemorative photo
Photos by New York Scugnizzo, Raymond Guarini and Vincenzo De Sio 
Almighty and Merciful Father, King of kings and Lord of lords, in Your immeasurable goodness You have called me into the ranks of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, Your Knight and Martyr. May I never cease to emulate our heavenly patron and with alacrity follow in the footsteps of Your Only-begotten Son, Who is our Alpha and Omega, our Beginning and End. – from the Daily Prayer of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
Monday evening, the Knights and Dames of the US Delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George gathered at the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral (263 Mulberry Street) in New York City for their patronal Feast of St. George the Martyr. Mass was concelebrated by Rev. Msgr. Donald Sakano, Rector of the Cathedral, and Msgr. Cav. Joseph Ambrosio, Chaplain of the Order. HE Cav. John M. Viola, Delegate of the Order, Vice Chancellor Patrick O'Boyle, Cavalieri Charles Sant'Elia, John Napoli, Vincent Gangone, Joseph Panepinto Sr., Joseph Panepinto Jr., Thomas Barra, Anthony Viscogliosi, Nick Caiazzo, and Dama Luisa Maria Cristfano were in attendance.
Rev. Msgr. Donald Sakano, Rector of the Cathedral
and the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood in Little Italy 
HE John M. Viola, Delegate of the Order, presided at the Mass
Cav. John Napoli with the Labarum and standard of the Order

Announcing the 2018 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Montclair, New Jersey

April 25, 2018

Feast of the Madonna delle Armi

Stone with the Madonna and Child
Photos courtesy of Olivia Cerrone
By Giovanni di Napoli
April 25th is the Feast of the Madonna delle Armi,* patroness of Cerchiara di Calabria, an ancient town in the province of Cosenza, in northeastern Calabria. The accompanying photos (courtesy of Olivia Cerrone) were taken at the Santuario Santa Maria dell Armi on the slopes of Mount Sellaro above Cerchiara. Built in the fifteenth century over the ruins of the Byzantine era monastery of S. Andrea, the sanctuary houses a sacred stone depicting the Blessed Mother and Child.
According to tradition, in 1450 a group of hunters from nearby Rossano were tracking a stag through the oak woods of Mount Sellaro. As they closed in on their prey the animal ascended the rocky ridge and squeezed into a small cave in the side of the mountain. The huntsmen followed the deer into the crevice, but to their surprise the animal was nowhere to be found; instead they discovered a set of wooden tablets depicting the Holy Evangelists. Excited about their discovery the hunters decided to take the icons back to Rossano. 
The interior of the Sanctuary
The next day, however, the icons were missing. The men returned to the cave and were surprised to find the tablets exactly where they first discovered them. Three times the Rossanesi tried to bring the tablets back to town, but each time they would miraculously translate back to the cave. Finally, they decided to build a chapel outside the grotto to protect the icons and allow pilgrims to visit them.
During construction of the sanctuary an oval stone unsuited for the structure kept finding its way into the hands of a mason. Fed up with the troublesome stone the mason struck it with his mallet, splitting it perfectly in two. Incredibly, one side revealed the image of the Blessed Mother and Child, the other Saint John the Baptist. Sadly, the half with St. John is missing (some believe it was smuggled to Malta). In 1750 the Duke of Monteleone had an ornate silver reliquary made to properly display the sacred stone.
Over the centuries, many miracles have been attributed to the relic. The most famous taking place on April 25, 1846 when the desperate townspeople of Cerchiara invoked the Virgin Mary to help save their failing crops from the oppressive heat. Our Lady of the Cave immediately answered their prayers, saving the harvest and preventing a famine. Grateful for her divine grace, the locals celebrate the Blessed Mother's intervention to this day with a spectacular festival in her honor. 
Notes: 
* Armi is said to be a corruption of the original Greek name for the grotto, Των αρμων or Tōn armōn.

Feast of San Marco Evangelista

Viva San Marco!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
April 25th is the Feast Day of San Marco Evangelista (St. Mark the evangelist), patron saint of notaries. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal protector of San Marco Evangelista (CE), San Marco Argentano (CS), Futani (SA), San Marco in Lamis (FG), Rionero in Vulture (PZ), and Pacentro (AQ), among others. In commemoration, I'm posting a prayer in honor of Saint Mark. The accompanying photo of San Marco was taken at the Basilica Santa Trofimena in Minori. 
Prayer to Saint Mark
O Glorious St. Mark, through the grace of God our Father, you became a great Evangelist, preaching the Good News of Christ. May you help us to know Him well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ. Amen.

April 24, 2018

Evviva San Giorgio! Celebrating the Feast of Saint George in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Evviva San Giorgio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo and Giorgio Giudice
Before work Monday morning, I joined my St. Rocco Society brethren in honoring glorious San Giorgio Martire on his Feast Day at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary and St. Stephen RC Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Among the many old southern Italian society statues in its possession, the church boasts a magnificent bust of the warrior saint originating from Testaccio in Barano d'Ischia. As is the custom, we brought flowers (courtesy of the LaRocca family), lit a few candles, meditated and said our prayers, including the daily orison of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. Tranquil and serene, our short, but gratifying visit was the perfect way to begin our day.
Bust of San Giorgio and placard on the bye-altar
Devotees venerate our beloved patron
Each year, the LaRocca family offer the saint a beautiful bouquet of flowers
Cav. John Napoli of the Sacred Military Constantinian
Order of St. George was in attendance
A close-up of the saint and his standard

Photo of the Week: Marble Bust, Museo del Duomo di Ravello, Salerno

Marble bust, Museo del Duomo di Ravello, Salerno.
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Announcing the 2018 Feast of San Cono di Teggiano in Newark, New Jersey

April 23, 2018

Feast of San Giorgio Martire

Viva San Giorgio!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
April 23rd is the Feast Day of San Giorgio Martire (St. George the Martyr), patron saint of valor, chivalry and soldiers. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal protector of Reggio Calabria (RC), Modica (RG), Ragusa (RG), Prizzi (PA) and Barano d'Ischia (NA), among others. As a devotee and Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, the feast has an additional special significance to me. In commemoration of the great warrior saint I'm posting a Prayer to Saint George. The accompanying photo of the statue of San Giorgio, protector of Testaccio in Barano d'Ischia, was taken at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary and Saint Stephen's Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Prayer to Saint George
Faithful servant of God and invincible martyr, Saint George; favored by God with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I fervently implore thee for the sake of this love to help me by thy intercession to overcome the temptations that surround me, and to bear bravely the trials that oppress me, so that I may patiently carry the cross which is placed upon me; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Valiant champion of the Faith, assist me in the combat against evil, that I may win the crown promised to them that persevere unto the end. Amen

Announcing the 94th Annual Santa Lucia Festival in Omaha, Nebraska

www.santaluciafestival.com

April 22, 2018

Saint Rocco Boys’ Night Out at Peppino’s

Peppino's restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Friday evening, members and friends of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza convened at Peppino’s Restaurant (7708 3rd Ave.) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for our monthly “boys’ night out” dinner meeting. In reality our recurrent gathering is more like a party than a meeting, and after a busy work-week our crew always looks forward to blowing off a little steam, having a few laughs, and, of course, eating well. 
The boys came hungry and ready to party
Warmly welcomed by chef Joe Mancino’s crack wait staff, our jovial party was promptly seated and served. After our drinks and entrees were ordered, a seemingly never ending array of hot and cold antipasti was brought to our table. Beginning with Joe’s own rendition of bruschetta al pomodoro and affettati e formaggio, we were treated to several classic southern Italian specialties, including fresh insalata di mare, cozze alla marinara and vongole al forno.
Insalata di mare
The beer and wine flowed almost as freely as the lively conversation. A veritable free-for-all, revelers discussed everything from religion, politics and history to the hit Italian television crime drama Gomorrah. Though I never saw the show (I don’t care for the gangster genre), I did enjoy listening to their take on it. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I do find it interesting that my friends appear to enjoy the fact that they speak Neapolitan (as opposed to Italian) on the show more than the actual storyline. 
Vongole al forno
After a much needed breather, our appetites magically returned with the arrival of our main courses. We each had a delicious fish or pasta entree, with a side of friarielli (broccoli rabe) or scarola aglio e olio (escarole). I enjoyed a heaping serving of spicy linguine con calamari, which was perfectly cooked and very tasty. As always, Chef Mancino outdid himself and dished us up another memorable meal.
Friarielli
After coffee and dessert, the diehards among us went out for after-dinner drinks, while the rest of us called it a night. Normally I would join them for cocktails, but I was feeling a bit knackered and needed to hit the hay. 
Linguine con calamari
More than just a feast society, our tight-knit group has become a second little family. Many of us socialize, do business, and pray together on a regular basis. I actually see some of them more than I do my own blood, who—having succumbed to the temptations of the false cult of progress—have sadly scattered to the wind. Our faith in God and devotion to San Rocco has brought us together and drives us to keep our time-honored traditions and culture alive. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group. Viva San Rocco!
Gamberi oreganata con linguine

Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form on the Fourth Sunday After Easter in the Bronx, NY

April 20, 2018

Chef Giuseppe Marrone’s Anniversary Blowout at Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar

Our most gracious host serves up some fresh vongole crude
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
We couldn’t be happier for our friend chef Giuseppe Marrone, who celebrated one year at the helm of Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar (21 Peck Slip) Monday evening in Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport. Generous and appreciative, Giuseppe thanked his friends and loyal customers with another one of his famous blowout parties, complete with complimentary food, live entertainment and a DJ. Packed to the gills, partygoers mingled, ate their fill, and merrily danced the night away in honor of our revered host. We wish Giuseppe continued success, prosperity and much happiness as he continues to reach his goals! 
Frédéric and Alexandra enjoy a little Vigne Mastrodomenico 'Mos' Aglianico del Vulture from Basilicata and Sertura Fiano di Avellino
The man of the hour was joined by one of his many admirers
Two rock stars: Andrew Giordano of the Black Cats NYC with Chef Marrone
A neobriganti hotspot, we nicknamed the restaurant “The Brigands’ Roost”
Revelers spill into the streets to enjoy the cool night air
Also see:
Tuesday Stations and Lenten Repast with the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar Fall Party
Commemorating the Battle of Bitonto in NYC
Argenio Napoli Presents Their New Line at ACQUA Restaurant
Chef Giuseppe Marrone Takes the Helm at ACQUA Restaurant and Wine Bar at Peck Slip, NYC

Announcing the 2018 Feast of the Madonna Della Fontana & San Michele Arcangelo in Newark, NJ

Also see:
• A Look at the 2016 Feast of San Michele and the Madonna della Fontana in Newark, New Jersey

April 19, 2018

NYC Auxiliary Malta Walk, April 2018

Francesca Tempesta, DM (right), and members of the Order of Malta Auxiliary
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Meeting every third Tuesday of the month at the rectory of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (263 Mulberry Street), volunteers help the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta prepare and distribute ready-to-eat food and toiletries to the homeless. Organized by Dama Francesca Tempesta, our spirited little group make our way through the surrounding neighborhoods and hand out care packages to the needy.

Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at nycaux@orderofmaltaamerican.org or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/maltaauxiliarynyc.

Celebrate the Feast of St. George at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City

April 18, 2018

Meridiunalata II: A Bilingual Offering of Duosiciliano Poetry

Inspired by Cav. Charles Sant'Elia's Meridiunalata/ Southernade,* an evocative bilingual (Neapolitan / English) collection of poetry written between 1989 and 2010, we offer the reader an accessible introduction to vernacular (Neapolitan, Sicilian, et al.) verse with the aim of awakening enthusiasm for contemporary and historical poesia Duosiciliano.

In this installment we're featuring the Neapolitan poetry of Totò (Antonio De Curtis) and Luciano Somma.

‘A Cchiù Sincera
Di Totò (Antonio De Curtis)

Tengo na 'nnammurata
ca è tutt' 'a vita mia.
Mo tene sittant'anne, povera mamma mia!
Cu chella faccia 'e cera,
sotto 'e capille janche,
me pare na sant'Anna
cu ll'uocchie triste e stanche.
Me legge dint' 'o penziero,
me guarda e m'anduvina
si tengo nu dulore
si tengo quacche spina...

The Most Sincere Lady
By Totò (Antonio De Curtis)

I have a girl friend
that is my whole life.
Now she’s sixty years old, my poor mom!
With that waxen face,
beneath that white hair,
she looks like a Saint Anne to me
with those sad and tired eyes.
She reads me in her thoughts,
she looks at me and divines
whether I’m in pain
whether I have some thorn…

Translated by Cav. Charles Sant’Elia

Core Analfabbeta
Di Totò (Antonio De Curtis)

Stu core analfabbeta
tu ll'he purtato a scola,
e s'è mparato a scrivere,
e s'è mparato a lleggere
sultanto na parola:
"Ammore" e niente cchiù.

Illiterate Heart
By Totò (Antonio De Curtis)

You brought to school
this illiterate heart of mine,
and it learned how to write,
and it learned how to read
just one word:
“Love” and nothing more.

Translated by Cav. Charles Sant’Elia

‘A Speranza D”O Cardillo
Di Luciano Somma

Ddoje segge ‘e paglia rotte,
nu tavulo tarlato,
na branda militare,
na gatta spellacchiata;
na pianta ‘e rose rrosse
cu’ nu cardillo dint’a na cajola:
chisto è ‘o ritratto ‘e stu vascio.
E dint’a chistu vascio
nu vicchiariello,
nu poco rimbambito e assaje malato,
nun ce vo’ cchiù restà
e aspetta sulo ‘o juorno
ca ‘o putarria purtà all’eternità.
Pure ‘o cardillo aspetta, cu’ pacienza,
povera bestia cova sta speranza,
pe’ se gudè nu poco ‘e cielo azzurro
pe’ piglià ‘o cielo, pe’ turnà a vulà,
e intanto canta
pecché sente vicino ‘a libertà.

The Goldfinch’s Hope
By Luciano Somma

Two broken straw chairs,
a worm-eaten table,
an army cot,
a mangy cat;
a red rose plant
with a goldfinch in a cage:
this is the portrait of this flat.
And in this flat
a little old man,
a bit senile and rather sick,
he doesn’t want to remain there
and waits only for the day
that could carry him off to eternity.
Even the goldfinch waits, with patience,
poor creature he harbors this hope,
to enjoy for himself a little bit of blue sky
to take the sky, to continue flying,
and in the meantime he sings
because he feels freedom nearby.

Translated from Cristo Napulitano by Cav. Charles Sant’Elia

* Self-published in 2010, Meridiunalata/Southernade is a treasury of poems gleaned from Cav. Sant'Elia's previous collections (Nchiuso dint''o presente, 'A cuntrora, and 'O pino e l'éllera), which were circulated among friends in New York City and Naples. Special thanks to Cav. Sant'Elia for allowing us to reprint his poetry and translations.