PLAYING THE DROWNED (7)

by Laura Accerboni


PLAYING THE DROWNED (7)

When they forced me

to eat,

the evening prophecy

“That you grow strong and healthy”

they said,

while my teeth were chipping.

There was no pain

no path

was left alone

for long

and there was nothing to say

so there was nothing

to eat.

That was

the dream I had

while the prophecy

lay in little pieces

getting cold

on the plate

in front of me.

 

Translation by George Tatge

LA PARTE DELL’ANNEGATO (7)

Quando mi obbligavano

a mangiare

la profezia serale

“Che cresci forte

e sana” dicevano

mentre mi si scheggiavano

i denti,

non esisteva dolore

nessuna strada

restava da sola

a lungo

e niente era da dire

quindi nulla

c’era da mangiare.

Questo era

il sogno che facevo

mentre la profezia

stava a piccoli pezzi

nel piatto

a raffreddarsi

davanti.

 

©Laura Accerboni