DUE POESIE DI XANADU: ‘Ricordato Amor’ e ‘Quando l’Usignolo più non Canta’

TWO XANADU POEMS: ‘Love Remembered’
and ‘When the Nightingale Sings No More’ 

Tradotto in Italiano
da Gian Franco Spotti

ENLARGEMENT

RICORDATO AMOR


Dove sono ora I cari amati del passato?
Quando non ci sarò più, chi canterà per loro un requiem?
Per quanto ancor dureranno queste fioche ombre?
Quando polvere sarò, chi li ricorderà?

I due che più amai mi han cresciuto:
Un padre meraviglioso, fedele fino alla fine;
Una madre premurosa che mi amò e mi allattò –
Sebbene non ci sia più, lei è sempre la mia migliore amica.

Altri due amai, perduti nel vento del mondo,
Scagliati in vite diverse in terre lontane.
Chi chiederà conto dei loro peccati?
Lentamente spofondiam tutti nella stessa melma.

Risposte non ne ho. Anch’io presto sprofonderò
Mentre ogni giorno mi porta sempre più vicino al baratro.

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ENLARGEMENT


QUANDO L’USIGNOLO PIU’ NON CANTA


Queste domande mi turban la mente: “Dove sono?”
“Dove se ne è andato il vero amore?”. E, “ancora per quanto?”
“Dove sono le canzoni di ieri?”
La domanda più difficile, l’ultima – “Perché esitare?”

Brame immortali! – Tutto se ne è andato
Quando l’usignol più non canta:
Quando corpo e anima son sperduti,
E nessun bussa alla tua porta.

13 thoughts to “DUE POESIE DI XANADU: ‘Ricordato Amor’ e ‘Quando l’Usignolo più non Canta’”

  1. @ Gian Franco Spotti

    Eccellente! — Attendo sempre con ansia la tua traduzione in italiano anche se il mio italiano non è così buono. Continuate così. Spero che tu stia riuscendo a superare la crisi del Covid-19. Come è la vita per te in Italia in questo momento? Spero che non sia troppo male.

    1. Ciao Saki,
      ti ringrazio per le tue gentili parole. Il tuo italiano è buono. Dove l’hai imparato?
      Per quanto riguarda il Covid-19 io e la mia famiglia stiamo bene. Ho avuto il Covid a Marzo 2020 ma in forma leggera e non ho avuto bisogno di ospedale. In Italia la vita si sta facendo veramente difficile non tanto a causa del Covid ma delle catastrofiche conseguenze economiche sociali e finanziarie. Per il futuro non ci sono buone prospettive e questo a causa di politiche in Europa che vanno contro gli interessi delle singole nazioni e dei cittadini. Vedremo cosa succede nei prossimi mesi.
      Ciao e spero risentirti presto
      Gian Franco

      1. Ciao Gian,

        Mi scuso per aver impiegato molto tempo per rispondere, ma ho appena letto il tuo commento.

        Mi ha fatto piacere sapere che hai già contratto la malattia Covid-19. Di conseguenza hai dovuto prendere il vaccino? È obbligatorio in Italia?

      2. Ciao Saki,
        no non ho fatto il vaccino e non lo farò mai. Non sono un no-vax ma questa volta non mi fido. La storia del Covid-19 è molto sospetta. Il vaccino in Italia non è obbligatorio per il momento ma penso lo diventerà.

        1. Thank you for your response, Gian. I will answer in English this time in case others without Italian would like to know what we are talking about.

          You say that the vaccine is “very suspicious” and that you intend to avoid it. Maybe the fact that you and your family have already had the disease, and survived the onslaught without serious side effects or consequences, will give you and your family a certain immunity (or advantage) against a recurrence.

          You add that the vaccine is not compulsory in Italy right now but could become so in the future. This is what I foresee happening myself.

          The idea of “vaccine passports” is now gaining ground. This seems to me a slow and cunning way to introduce mandatory vaccination by the back door.

          If you need a doctor’s certificate to show you have been vaccinated before you are allowed to hop on a plane, this will soon be extended to other areas. Without such a document, maybe you won’t be able to use public transportation any more to get to the supermarket. No vaccine passport, no access to pubs and restaurants, cinemas, schools, shops. You will them be under house arrest. Solitary confinement. In other words, everyone will be forced to accept the vaccine sooner or later. This is totalitarianism in disguise.

          I think it’s coming.

      3. Dear Saki
        you’re perfectly right. Even if vaccination becomes compulsory I will try to avoid it in any case.
        For business and also leisure reasons I have been travelling a lot around the world (50 countries, 580 planes and 53 flight companies). Now I am 64 years old and I am retired. I am not worried if I will not be able to catch a plane anymore. If I cannot enter a supermarket I will buy food in the open markets that take place every week in many towns. I am not fond of theater. I do not need to go to the cinema because on TV channels you have such a wide choice opportunity. School for me it’s over. Regarding pubs I will go there only in summertime when you can sit outside and you do not need any certificate if you are in the open air. I never catch public transports because I am living in a town with 5.000 people so I move walking, biking or by car if needed. But I must find a solution for the restaurants. I will let you know.
        All the best. Ciao.
        Gian Franco

  2. I have many fond memories of my parents, my aunts and uncles, my cousins, my school teachers [ the nuns, because I’m a Cath😇lic and my parents sent me to parochial school ], my childhood friends, so many many wonderful memories from my youth and all the wonderful loving people I knew when I was young, I think I’ll sit down and draw a picture of a reptilian monster dragon hideous horrible creature slithering out of a skull of a dead man, that will represent all the fond loving memories I have of everyone I knew when I was young kid growing up and I was surrounded by loving people I simply adored, back in my youth when there was so much love I’m reminded of hideous dragons slithering out of skulls of the dead. LMFAO!!!!! Lasha is a !HOOT! 😊

    1. @ TheRealOriginalJoe

      I don’t know why you bother posting comments on this site since 99.9% of your comments belong deservedly in Spamblinka. In case you can still add 2 and 2 and make them 4, let me tell you that Lasha is not responsible for painting the picture you stupidly object to. This is a surrealist masterpiece by a painter who has been compared to Salvador Dali. Understand that, nitwit.

      Even if Lasha is to blame for choosing a picture you find fit to ridicule, why post your mocking comment on the wrong thread? What does this painting have to do with Gian Franco’s translation?

      NOTHING!

      As far as I know, Gian Franco has no objections to these beautiful paintings which stimulate the imagination and help to comment on the original verse.

      @ ADMIN

      You are wasting everyone’s time posting this moron’s vapid comments.

      1. TROLL WATCHER

        Thank you for making my day. I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. Very well articulated response to TROJ meaningless comment. I am nominating you to comment for comment of the year. Too bad this site does not have such a category.

        1. Why is there a dragon coming out of the skull of the dead man in the first illustration? What does the illustration have to do with Remembering Lost Loves? Why such a hideous and grotesque illustration for the poem? How does a dragon coming out of the skull of a dead man represent the fond memories of loved ones during one’s life?

          Who draws these illustrations for Lasha’s death poetry? Where do the illustrations come from? How come the artist is never given credit for the artwork that always accompany Lasha’s poetry? Are the illustrations from Lasha and her imagination, an imagination always fixated on death and nightmare visions of ghastly and morbid images of the afterlife. An afterlife full of horrendous grotesque nightmares.

          Lasha’s death poems are awful enough as it is, do we really need ghoulish illustrations to go along with the dreadful poems? The poems aren’t macabre enough, we need to have repulsive and loathsome illustrations to go along with the nightmarish ghastly death poems?

          I bet Lasha, the Edgar Allan Poe of the Noosphere, is the “artist” of the horrible grotesque images. Prove me wrong, lol….

  3. Troll Watcher –

    Don’t be so SERIOUS. TROJ is a hoot! 😂 (I don’t doubt Lasha thinks so, too…) 👌

    1. TROJ

      The artist’s name is Micheal Hutter 2011, dumb dumb!
      I bet if they put your brain in a bird’s head, the bird will fly backward.
      Please, quit making a fool of yourself and waste everybody’s else time.
      When are you going to quit taking a potshot at Lasha and everyone else you dislike?

      1. TROJ

        Since you bombard us with your foolish questions, such as: why is this and why is that?

        I have one question for you:

        Why is the sky too high?
        Please answer with just one complete and meaningful sentence!

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