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Lacrimae Rerum (tears of things)


by Claudine Giovannoni & Guido Monte


Multilingual Poetry


Comment by Francesca Saieva
(translated by Michelle Abbott)

Pic: "at Petra" - © 2010 Guido Monte - Size: 12k
at Petra
© 2010 Guido Monte



(Swans - August 9, 2010)  

le monde présent, un seul temps ordinaire:
deuil faim soif pleurs
lacrimae rerum
agony of everything
that never ends,
não se esqueça
sua pequenez e fraqueza
largo los rios lágrimas de vidas
                                           tears of lives
concepts of majestic glory into the waters—
silence et suplice reflettent l'avidité
e fosco rimane lo sguardo
and obscurely we glance up

ecce homo, sunt
lacrimae rerum
men, here are the tears of everything
for your usual irate indifference



Comment. "Que ânsia distante perto chora?" Which distant anxiety cries nearby? (Pessoa). You say lacrimae rerum, tears of things, while all I see is a tamed death (Ariès) der gezähmte Tod of empty words, ordinary for usual images, now that time has stop working (Szymborska).

But unforeseen logic on hieroglyphs, like "voices" from the reign of the spirits... Dschnnistan, "les ornières immenses du reflux" (Rimbaud). Aquatic charming crystals catch the myopic glance, but where's the care? You say once more lacrimae rerum, tears of things, maybe for a "new" hour, for a new man? Only an answer: Birth of the Moment (Nietzsche).

Claudine Giovannoni calls herself a "World citizen." Crossing the boundaries of the Earth, Water, and Air, she lives experiences that touch her soul bringing her to publish her writings. Her novels are in Italian: Il Kumihimo del Sole, 2005 - Nebbie nella Brughiera, 2007 - Il Cristallo della Pace, 2010 (Seneca Edizioni, Torino). She is a dreamer and an idealist, and lives in Switzerland, where she shares with her family the love for Nature with the greatest respect and veneration.

Francesca Saieva teaches philosophy and pedagogy and was an adjunct professor at the University of Palermo (Italy).

Picture: at Petra, by Guido Monte (2010).


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