LASCIAMI IN PACE, TORBIDO ... LET ME BE, MURKY ...
Carlo Betocchi trans. Ned Condini

Lasciami in pace, torbido,
maniaco pensiero d'amore.
Considera la mia etÓ
non duttile, il mio cuore,
le mie membra stanche.
Ma tu t'annidi nei precordi,
e vuoi felicitÓ.
Vuoi l'impossibile, o idiota
smania della vita. T'insulto,
e tu mi strazi.

Let me be, murky
frenetic thought of love.
Consider my not pliant
age and my heart, my tired limbs.
But you nest in the inner
breast and want happiness.
You want the impossible, insane
craving of life. I scorn you,
and you rip me apart.


Copyright © Garzanti Editore 2008, trans. © Ned Condini 2008 - publ. Chelsea Editions


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