by Guido Monte
Translated by Silvia Dello Russo
In memory of Robert Baughman
© 2012 Guido Monte
(Swans - November 19, 2012)
ornella has no age
(on a bench of any savona's square)
when she looks into tato's eyes,
her little stray dog.
once they lived in montenotte street,
then they moved to servettaz street,
now, after they got evicted,
they walk all the streets.
in a garden just in front the big
on a bench, then at night time
under the city's arcades,
not to feel the freezing gusts.
in her sleep she dreams
about her past refuge for stray animals,
refuge to save them,
then closed for a lot of reasons.
and next to her
tato sleeps and dreams as well...
"but i won't get away from him"
"i'll spend the rest of my time
on the street
rather than leaving him...
plutôt je reste dans la rue
mais je ne le quitte pas!"
and all the city is sunk in a deep sleep,
but ornella doesn't leave her tato.
picture: salvato, by Guido Monte (2012).
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