At The Foot Of The Rock • Ai Piedi Della Rocca

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Picture: Edinburgh Castle Fireworks, New Year, Scotland by Andrew Peutherer

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You’ll find the original poem in Italian below the English translation.

 

At The Foot Of The Rock

 

City of pilgrimage,

Of clear illusions

Beyond which

The sea kicks, the stone screams, the leaves dance.

 

City of great beginnings without and end

Always a step beyond the boundary

Beyond which

Nothing exists.

 

I dissolve all judgment

I bravely throw myself off the ledge

Beyond which

Only rebirth,

And death nevermore.

 

Ai Piedi Della Rocca

 

Città di peregrinazioni,

Di nitide illusioni

Oltre le quali

Il mare scalcia, la roccia grida, le foglie danzano.

 

Città di grandi inizi senza fine

Sempre un passo oltre il confine

Oltre il quale

Nulla esiste.

 

Dissolvo il giudizio,

Mi getto ardito dal precipizio

Oltre il quale

Soltanto la rinascita,

E mai più morire.

 

Herons

 

 

 

Italian Stone Pine

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Picture by J. M. W. Turner

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Tears flow before my speechless mind.

Before the vivid silhouette of a pine,

I choose to let go of my limited sight.

Beyond the noise of judgment,

Experience strips off its garment

Of labels and old patterns.

Stone pine, brother of mine,

In the land of cypress, hackberry, and lime,

Hold me tight in your branches,

Ground me so I can reach the sky.

 

Herons