The bridge

In the Fog

by Giovanni Pascoli

I stared into the valley: it was gone—
wholly submerged! A vast flat sea remained,
gray, with no waves, no beaches; all was one.
And here and there I noticed, when I strained,
the alien clamoring of small, wild voices:
birds that had lost their way in that vain land.
And high above, the skeletons of beeches,
as if suspended, and the reveries
of ruins and of the hermit’s hidden reaches.
And a dog yelped and yelped, as if in fear,
I knew not where nor why. Perhaps he heard
strange footsteps, neither far away nor near—
echoing footsteps, neither slow nor quick,
alternating, eternal. Down I stared,
but I saw nothing, no one, looking back.
The reveries of ruins asked: “Will no
one come?” The skeletons of trees inquired:
“And who are you, forever on the go?”
I may have seen a shadow then, an errant
shadow, bearing a bundle on its head.
I saw—and no more saw, in the same instant.
All I could hear were the uneasy screeches
of the lost birds, the yelping of the stray,
and, on that sea that lacked both waves and beaches,
the footsteps, neither near nor far away.

Giovanni Pascoli – “Nebbia”

Nascondi le cose lontane,
tu nebbia impalpabile e scialba,
tu fumo che ancora rampolli,
su l’alba,
da’ lampi notturni e da’ crolli,
d’aeree frane!
Nascondi le cose lontane,
nascondimi quello ch’è morto!
Ch’io veda soltanto la siepe
la mura ch’ha piene le crepe
di valerïane.
Nascondi le cose lontane:
le cose son ebbre di pianto!
Ch’io veda i due peschi, i due meli,
che danno i soavi lor mieli
pel nero mio pane.
Nascondi le cose lontane
Che vogliono ch’ami e che vada!
Ch’io veda là solo quel bianco
di strada,
che un giorno ho da fare tra stanco
don don di campane…
Nascondi le cose lontane,
nascondile, involale al volo
del cuore! Ch’io veda il cipresso
là, solo,
qui, quest’orto, cui presso
sonnecchia il mio cane.

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