Poetry

Fiamma bagnata

Fiamma bagnata, da sola ti spegni

come un foglio bianco di disegni

non desideri più illuminare

quel cielo che ti aveva fatto sperare

 

come la luce dei tuoi confini

voleva destreggiarsi fra i troppi destini

così l’acqua che arriva dal tuo centro

vuole farti morire lenta dentro.

 

In passato troppo intensamente

hai voluto schiarire il buio intorno a te

ma troppo stanca sei nel presente

e stai per morire, e tu sai il perché.

 

Fiamma stolta, malata nel cuore

che troppo bene visse, ed ora lenta muore

 

fiamma entusiasta di cogliere il momento

troppo nascose il suo lato scontento

 

fiamma bagnata dalla sua stessa ingenuità

di amar per decisione, e non per spontaneità.

 

I wrote the original version of this poem when I was 16-17 years old, and it got published on the L’Eco del Chisone local weekly newspaper. In the following years I worked on this poem again and made some changes, which led to the version I am sharing here.

In those years I wrote 40+ poems, and this is one of the few I still feel attached to.

I am working on preparing an English version, but I can’t guarantee I will manage to write something satisfactory. Meanwhile, I feel it’s ok to share the Italian version with you. If you don’t know Italian, apologies, I prefer not to provide an English summary of this poem, because I want readers to interpret it autonomously.

 

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Banner photo & photo above: A personal photo taken at Cape Sounion (Greece) in the period in which I wrote this poem. I was there on a school trip, and I was told that Cape Sounion was a place where poets went to find inspiration… indeed, it’s an amazingly beautiful place. Apologies for the low quality of the picture–it was taken with an analog camera! Also, thanks to whoever took this picture–probably my dear friend Federica.

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