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on little pieces of paper


by Guido Monte


Multilingual Poetry



Pic: "underground" - © 2010 by Sophie Sherova - Size: 10k
© 2010 Sophie Sherova



(Swans - August 1, 2011)  

at the beginning.
at the beginning sky and earth were born, and the spirit was flying above dark waves.
i thought about this, looking for the first time (out of the airplane's window) icelandic primordial geysers and prairies, as then, without human figures in the gloom.
"wara hawat toh waboh" earth without shape, alone

les anciennes écritures millénaires sur les aventures des frères "barata"; là pour la première fois j'ai entendu d'un paradis refusé d'un héros mythique, car ils ne logeaient pas son chien.
dans les mots de yudishsthira les routes oubliées du miracle des hommes: on vit, même devant la mort, comme si nous étions des hommes immortels

tanques vacios. tanques vacios, un bosque de cedros, un ciego sanado con la saliva, "effata" axioma, jesus crucificado y recien nacido en un corral, despues entre redes de pescadores, enfin una niña despertada por sus palabras: "talitha kumi"

eclesiastés: todo es vanidad.
"vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas," todo es vano, y despues: "nihil sub sole novi," nada de nuevo debajo del sol

the gaze of argos (but to man it only costs a tear).
dog argos waits, waits for centuries, millennia: twenty years. but in the reality every day is the same, and thinks: "he (ulysses) will come back, will return, return, return."
and then argos is old and sick, lying on a dung heap, still waiting: "no, he will be back."
at the end argos saw him, it's a flash, an exchange of eyes; the waiting is over, argos vanishes.

como ojas.
como ojas miramos las etrellas en frente de la luna, asteres

even the only sound of a word, "hemar" donkey, "iqqar" root, "iq" tree...
take the sounds, put them on your knees
as at the beginning of creation.

even the hero doesn't know how to ward off the pain, "na hi prapasyami mama pamdyad yac chokam"; here's what never dies, "na anyate"

a cadauno su dia.
virgilio, el "pater vergilius," "non ignarus mali," non enseña a "miseris succurrere," ayudar los mas debiles, porque sabe que "vivit sub pectore vulnus," la herida quema dentro del corazòn, y cadauno sufre su pasado, en el dia que nos a sido asignado debajo de las estrellas de la noche humeda, en esta tierra humeda de oscuridad y torpeza

du gosier du lion.
sergio quinzio sent l'horreur, maintenant on est très fatigué d'imaginer, il "entend" le tout qui gémit et souffre les douleurs de l'accouchement, il comprend quand l'ésprit intercède mystérieusement et sans arrêt, avec des gémissements inexprimables. "essuyer les larmes du visage," il est écrit

la grenouille se plonge...
si françois d'assise prenait une cuillère, ou il regardait une fleur, c'était une cuillère ou une fleur; s'il parlait avec un oiseau ou avec un loup, il était en train de parler avec eux en regardant les cieux et les torrents.
de même les petits moines japonais, basho, ryokan, se taisaient s'ils n'avaient rien à dire, s'ils écoutaient le cri de l'écureuil, ils comprenaient le sens de tout.

in interiore homine.
from saul of tarsus (paul the apostle) to martin luther, from plato and socrates to john the evangelist, to freud and jung, to augustine of hippo: "in interiore homine habitat veritas," the truth lives inside the depth of the man, you thought it while from the garden of the nearby milan's villa came a lullaby song, "tolle lege tolle lege" (take, read, take, read) and then you did read it inside you.



translations: Olga Milazzo (Spanish), Claudine Giovannoni (English), Francesca Saieva (French)

picture: underground, by Sophie Sherova (2010).


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