by Guido Monte and Adele Ward
© 2013 Guido Monte
(Swans - October 21, 2013)
... in the red-azure sky: sparks, time-tempus runs away fugit irreparabile
... you see again jairus' daughter: "thalita kumi"
... voices of silence, like "rain on the musk"
... not caring too much about human things, delle cose umane
Jeune fille lèves-toi! Young girl
stand up and walk. Death and birth
are thresholds—step through the door.
Though a wave deceives by seeming individual,
it is not destroyed when smashed on the rocks
but returns to its true nature, water.
Each moment we are born and die
and are born again. We are acqua marea,
drowning in samsara's ocean.
Though our crests rise and fall
ex nihilo nihil fit and nothing
can become nothing. Siamo tutti uno—
we are all one. Alzati e cammina.
Adele's verses are inspired by: the story of Jairus' daughter (sentences 1-2), the teachings of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh (sentences 3-5), Buddhist prayers by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (sentence 6), the Latin phrase for 'nothing can be made from nothing' (line 11), and the story of Lazarus (line 13).
Guido's fragments are translated by Gabriele Contino.
Adele Ward is a poet, novelist and co-owner of Ward Wood Publishing in London.
picture: window, by Guido Monte (2013).
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