WILL

Anna Santoliquido

Anna Santoliquido

for Moma Dimić
I
I will leave the sparrows
my pent up feelings
to warm the nest
to protect their kind
II
to the hawk I leave my vision
and extent of fantasy
to inspire their flight
to gladden the dusk
III
to the oak and the turkey oak
I leave the intimacy of my works
to help them bear iciness
and barbarianism
IV
to the vineyard my unripe ideas I leave
the sun will mellow them
into aglianico
and health will be drunk
V
to the moon an unborn sentiment
as enchantment and resurrection must it be hatched
with the energy of science
and the authenticity of the simple
VI
to fire and snow
I leave the impetus of language
and therime of its lyrics
they will fuel tenderness
VII
to river and stream
I leave the fluidity of signs
they will flow as long as humanity
defends theuniverse
VIII
to the heavens and children
the colours of writing I leave
with its rhymes and assonances
andits vortices of innocence
IX
to thin air I leave sorrow
blood clots
the anxiety of labour pains
and restlessness
X
to poets I leave the dilemma
the joviality of the journey
and the purity of the pages
to bequeath to posterity
XI
to words I leave a caress
as sweet as acacia honey
grateful for their loyalty
and the battle
(Translated by Janet Mary Wing)
from MED VRSTICAMI/TRA LE RIGHE