Una lettera dell’alfabeto

Aveva la struttura del diamante
l’ambiguità dei desideri
la freschezza dell’anima
il mistico suono del Verbo.

Raccontava dello Spirito
in una musica perfetta
di cose innocenti ed ardite
che sabotavano la materia.

Sembrava un canto per ogni essere
un canto di assoluta bontà
l’innalzarsi al cielo del bello.

Ma è bastato il soffio di Dio
per far sì che questo mistero
si spargesse come dente di leone.

the barometer

when i was very young
i heard it from
my parents after they
discovered a few
early stories
hidden in my room:
“THIS IS UGLY!
THIS IS SHAMEFUL!
i was finally
evicted from their
home
(which was
my first peace of good
luck).

then
after decades of
having my work
rejected
I had small bits
published
here and there
only to find many
critics totally
outraged
by my
efforts.

well, my parents
were dead
they took the place
of my

(Charles Bukowsky)