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Literature and Ideas

Gulls

Image by Antonio Doumas.
I do not know where the seagulls nest,
where they can find peace.
Like them, I exist
in perpetual flight.

I brush against life,
not unlike how they drink or capture their prey.
And I love the calm — as perhaps do they —
the great calm of the sea,
but my fate is to live
as a spark in the storm.
Non so dove i gabbiani abbiano il nido, 
ove trovino pace. 
Io son come loro 
in perpetuo volo. 

La vita la sfioro 
com'essi l'acqua ad acciuffare il cibo. 
E come forse anch'essi amo la quiete, 
la gran quiete marina, 
ma il mio destino è vivere 
balenando in burrasca.

Vincenzo Cardarelli

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