FORTUNA

 

 

                                   La fortuna

                                                           ha i suoi biscotti da dare

il che è buona cosa

                                               dal momento che è passato molto tempo da

quell’estate a Brooklyn

quando chiusero la  strada

in una giornata caldissima

e i

                                                                       POMPIERI

                                                                                   aprirono i loro idranti

e tutti i bambini corsero fuori

                        in mezzo alla strada

                  e c’erano

                                   forse un paio di dozzine di noi

                                                                                  là fuori

con l’acqua che zampillava su

                                               verso

                                                           il cielo

                                                                       e su di

                                                                                  noi

potevamo essere solo sei di noi

                                                           bambini in tutto

                  che correvamo lì intorno coi

                                               nostri piedi scalzi e come ci fece

                        mamma

e mi ricordo Molly, ma poi

i pompieri smisero di far zampillare i loro idranti

all’improvviso e tornarono

in caserma

e ricominciarono a giocare a pinnacolo

come se nulla

fosse mai

                                                                                              accaduto

mentre io ricordo Molly

                                   che mi guardava e

                  correva a casa

perché in realtà credo che là eravamo solo noi

                 

 

 

                                                                           Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*    FORTUNE

 

 

                        Fortune

                                               has its cookies to give out

which is a good thing

                                   since it’s been a long time since

that summer in Brooklyn

when they closed off the street

on hot day

and the

                                                           FIREMEN

                                                                       turned  on their hoses

and all the kids ran out in it

                        in the middle of the street

                  and there were

                                   maybe a couple of dozen of us

                                                                                  out there

with the water squirting up

                                               to the

                                                           sky

                                                                       and all over

                                                                                              us

there was maybe only six of us

                                               kids altogether

                  running around in our

                                               barefeet and birthday

                        suit

and I remember Molly but then

the firemen stopped squirting their hoses

all of a sudden and went

back in

their firehouse

and

starting playing pinocle again

just as if nothing

had ever

                                               happened

while I remember Molly

                                   looked at me and

                  ran in

because I guess really we were the only ones there

 




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