Anne Sexton - Parole

Anne Sexton - Parole

Poesie scelte: ANNE SEXTON, La zavorra dell'eterno (Milano, Crocetti Editore 2016).

State attenti alle parole,
anche a quelle miracolose.
Per le miracolose diamo il meglio,
brulicano alle volte come insetti
lasciando non un pizzico ma un bacio.
Possono essere buone come le dita.
Possono essere affidabili come le rocce
su cui mettiamo il sedere.
Ma possono essere sia margherite che ferite.

Eppure io le amo.
Sono colombe cadute dal soffitto.
Sono sei arance sacre appoggiate in grembo.
Sono gli alberi, le gambe dell'estate,
e il sole, con il suo volto appassionato.

Eppure spesso mi deludono.
Ho così tanto da dire,
così tante storie, immagini, proverbi, ecc.
Ma le parole non ce la fanno,
mi baciano quelle sbagliate.
A volte volo come un'aquila
ma con le ali dello scricciolo.

Provo comunque a prendermene cura
e ad essere gentile.
Uova e parole vanno maneggiate con cura.
Una volta rotte non si possono

Traduzione di Cristina Gamberi



Be careful of words,
even the miraculous ones.
For the miraculous we do our best,
sometimes they swarm like insects
and leave not a sting but a kiss.
They can be as good as fingers.
They can be as trusty as the rock
you stick your bottom on.
But they can be both daisies and bruises.

Yet I am in love with words.
They are doves falling out of the ceiling.
They are six holy oranges sitting in my lap.
They are the trees, the legs of summer,
and the sun, its passionate face.

Yet often they fail me.
I have so much I want to say,
so many stories, images, proverbs, etc.
But the words aren't good enough,
the wrong ones kiss me.
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
but with the wings of a wren.

But I try to take care
and be gentle to them.
Words and eggs must be handled with care.
Once broken they are impossible
things to repair.

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