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Poetry Friday: I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you by Eugenio Montale

June 15th, 2018 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Light by Sleeping at Last

Ho sceso, dandoti il braccio, almeno un milione di scale
e ora che non ci sei è il vuoto ad ogni gradino.
Anche così è stato breve il nostro lungo viaggio.
Il mio dura tuttora, né più mi occorrono
le coincidenze, le prenotazioni,
le trappole, gli scorni di chi crede
che la realtà sia quella che si vede.

Ho sceso milioni di scale dandoti il braccio
non già perché con quattr'occhi forse si vede di più.
Con te le ho scese perché sapevo che di noi due
le sole vere pupille, sebbene tanto offuscate,
erano le tue.

English translation:

I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you.
And now that you are not here, I feel emptiness at each step.
Our long journey was brief, though.
Mine still lasts, but I don't need
any more connections, reservations,
traps, humiliation of those who think reality
is what we are used to see.

I went down millions of stairs, at least, arm in arm with you,
and not because with four eyes we see better that with two.
With you I went downstairs because I knew, among the two of us,
the only real eyes, although very blurred,
belonged to you.

- by Eugenio Montale

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Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: June 16th, 2018 11:41 am (UTC)

What a sorrowful poem of loss and remembrance. I'm wondering why the stairs go down. I'm picturing subway stairs, and the stairs from the top of the cathedral. Stairs in a courthouse, stairs to a storm cellar. I guess the stairs that go up are implied...every down has an equal and opposite up...hmmm...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 16th, 2018 03:16 pm (UTC)

Now I'm picturing each of those locations in turn.

I'm also picturing impossible stairs.

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: June 16th, 2018 07:11 pm (UTC)
such sorrow

What a heartbreaking poem.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 16th, 2018 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: such sorrow


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