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From: Vol.01 N.01 – Ecopoetic Ruminations

Il Fiume Accanto alla Citta

by Massimo D’Arcangelo

Al di là del casolare diroccato

dove da poco hanno eretto palazzi

e capannoni industriali

c’è un fiume che gorgoglia mite

la storia millenaria del suo moto.

In esso l’acqua è limpida

i pesci l’attraversano cullati dalla corrente.

Attorno tutto sembra procedere lentamente.

Gli uccelli hanno i loro becchi bagnati

gli insetti foglie rigogliose dove ripararsi.

Molti ignorano la sua esistenza.

D’estate con l’acqua del fiume

gli uomini rinvigorivano i campi.

Era magnifico quando

i bambini gli correvano accanto

e si poteva ascoltare in lontananza

susseguirsi delle lavandaie il canto.

Ora a nessuno più interessa quel fiume.


The River Next to the City


Beyond the dilapidated cottage

where there are newly-erected buildings

and industrial warehouses

a river gurgles meekly

the story of its thousand-year motion.

Its water is clear

fish swim through, lulled by the current.

All around everything seems to go on slowly.

Birds wet their beaks

lush leaves under which insects take shelter.

Many ignore its existence.

In summer with water from the river

men revive the fields.

It was magnificent when

children ran next to it

and you could hear in the distance

the succession of washerwomen singing.

No one cares about that river anymore.

With thanks to Stephannie K. Paulsen  for editing the English translation.

Published: January 2014
Massimo D’Arcangelo

was born in Martina Franca, Italy in 1982. He lives in Siena. His debut ecopoetry collection, Il battito dello scorpione. Ecopoesie (The beat of scorpion. Ecopoems) was published by Aletti Editore, Roma in 2012.

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