by Alex Valente
Original Italian by Maddalena Lotter (1990-), ‘Un ricordo d’infanzia’
We built a house on the sand
then we stamped on it.
On its ruins our supreme leader
decreed it was time to go
hunt for jellyfish, to essiccate them in the sun.
The youngest was forced
to touch a tentacle. We loved making
and destroying; I don’t want to overstate
but we were ruthless.
At any rate, in later years
none of us remained unpunished.