O I say now these are the soul!

24 settembre 2007

Bhè, piuttosto strano!
    Strano trovarmi a leggere un libro di poesie, io che non ho mai apprezzato questa forma letteraria. Tanto più se tale libro di poesie è stao consigliato dal prof. di Ghirurggiaggenerale, che negli ultimi due mesi è stato oggetto delle mie maledizioni più profonde (e alcune davvero creative! Le metterò per iscritto prima o poi!Animoticon).
    Ma, dal momento che circa due ore fa Babbo Salerni Natale ha acquistato 100 punti simpatia promuovendomi con tanto di commenti ironici sul mio look pseudo-capellone che fa bella scena sulla tessera universitariaImbarazzato, credo di poter soprassedere tutte le circostanze, e postare una di quelle composizioni.
    Pare infatti che Walt Whitman condividesse con me una smisurata e meravigliata ammirazione per questa macchina che da quattro anni sto studiando. Check it out!
 
O my body! I dare not desert the likes of you in other men and women, nor the likes of the parts of you,
I believe the likes of you are to stand or fall with the likes of the soul, (and that they are the soul,)
I believe the likes of you shall stand or fall with my poems, and that they are my poems,
Man’s, woman’s, child, youth’s, wife’s, husband’s, mother’s, father’s, young man’s, young woman’s poems,
Head, neck, hair, ears, drop and tympan of the ears,
Eyes, eye-fringes, iris of the eye, eyebrows, and the waking or sleeping of the lids,
Mouth, tongue, lips, teeth, roof of the mouth, jaws, and the jaw-hinges,
Nose, nostrils of the nose, and the partition,
Cheeks, temples, forehead, chin, throat, back of the neck, neck-slue,
Strong shoulders, manly beard, scapula, hind-shoulders, and the ample side-round of the chest,
Upper-arm, armpit, elbow-socket, lower-arm, arm-sinews, arm-bones,
Wrist and wrist-joints, hand, palm, knuckles, thumb, forefinger, finger-joints, finger-nails,
Broad breast-front, curling hair of the breast, breast-bone, breast-side,
Ribs, belly, backbone, joints of the backbone,
Hips, hip-sockets, hip-strength, inward and outward round, man-balls, man-root,
Strong set of thighs, well carrying the trunk above,
Leg-fibres, knee, knee-pan, upper-leg, under-leg,
Ankles, instep, foot-ball, toes, toe-joints, the heel;
All attitudes, all the shapeliness, all the belongings of my or your body or of any one’s body, male or female,
The lung-sponges, the stomach-sac, the bowels sweet and clean,
The brain in its folds inside the skull-frame,
Sympathies, heart-valves, palate-valves, sexuality, maternity,
Womanhood, and all that is a woman, and the man that comes from woman,
The womb, the teats, nipples, breast-milk, tears, laughter, weeping, love-looks, love-perturbations and risings,
The voice, articulation, language, whispering, shouting aloud,
Food, drink, pulse, digestion, sweat, sleep, walking, swimming,
Poise on the hips, leaping, reclining, embracing, arm-curving and tightening,
The continual changes of the flex of the mouth, and around the eyes,
The skin, the sunburnt shade, freckles, hair,
The curious sympathy one feels when feeling with the hand the naked meat of the body,
The circling rivers the breath, and breathing it in and out,
The beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips, and thence downward toward the knees,
The thin red jellies within you or within me, the bones and the marrow in the bones,
The exquisite realization of health;
O I say these are not the parts and poems of the body only, but of the soul,
O I say now these are the soul!
                   
                                        From: "I Sing The Body Electric" , di Walt Whitman
 
p.s. Sorry ma non trovo la traduzione italiana… In lacrimee di trascriverla tutta proprio non se ne parla!

 

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