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The child inside the luggage


by Guido Monte


Multilingual Poetry


English translation by Sara Montes
Spanish translation by Olga Milazzo



Pic: "lontano n.2" - © 2012 by Guido Monte - Size: 20k
lontano n.2
© 2012 Guido Monte



(Swans - March 11, 2013)  

assim never speaks about mom,
just once said: i want daddy.
then nothing more.
inside the luggage he breathed
just through some holes applied at a corner.
assim doesn't speak, nor cry,
he doesn't look for mom.
from afghan highlands,
from hazari, a remote people, he travelled
through plains and mountains to the sea,
and was trying to arrive in germany by plane.

now policemen found him and he is held
in a little children's home in venice.
they tell him about zaher, another child
but older than him,
who died under the wheels of a truck
while trying to escape. in his pocket
his last verses: "i have sailed night and day,
on the boat of the love that i keep for you,
and perhaps, in the end, i'll love you, or drown." he navegado noche y dia,
sobre la barca del amor que siento por ti,
y quizas al final podrè amarte o undirme.

assim is silent, he had been told
not to move and to be quiet,
and he did. he's five years.



The author thanks Alberto Antinoro.

picture: lontano n.2, by Guido Monte (2012).


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Published March 11, 2013