COUNTRY OF LOVE

by Alex Valente

Original Italian by Grażyna Miller (1957-2009), ‘Paese d’amore’.

And I, here to take in the old land
beauty and love call to me.
Lost souls find refuge here
– spirits parched for truth,
violated by the lies of history.

Land of motherly welcome
– comfort an exiled heart;
land with shores bathed
in the light of freedom
– hope for a better reality.

Sudden palingenesis!

Now, in a joyous embrace
we are all roman,
sicilian, milanese…

And I, here – vestal of Art,
burrow in the Muse’s borderless sky,
fathom the depths of my soul…

Giddy on Life.

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