Daniela Feltrinelli, Immagine & Poesia

“Portovenere” poem by Daniela Feltrinelli – Image by Gabriele Astengo

disegno 6 GA

From: “Isole Vicine” by Daniela Feltrinelli – Agorà & Co., Lugano 2018

PRIZE CINQUE TERRE – GOLFO DEI POETI (XXXth Edition)

 

PORTOVENERE

Grey stone walls

resting on equal rock

run towards the sea

to the striped church;

they follow the headland,

and open like eyes in double lancet windows,

in the doors facing the light

that illuminates the long broken cliff…

Daring and steep walls

challenge the secret abyss

and the continuous waves disappear

in the dark caves like mouths on the sea…

The walls rise to the top

to the austere and majestic castle

that dominates the whole village,

resting on the slope;

then they go down boldly

and protect streets, houses, squares,

between small hidden gardens.

Very tall houses face

the narrow marine channel

colored in a single front

and they look at the nearby green island

that under a luxuriant livery

shows a cut of vivid rocks …

And the ravines and impervious paths

barely touch the white cliffs,

always shining in the golden sun

open and exposed to the waves and to the light!

DANIELA FELTRINELLI

(Translated by Lidia Chiarelli)

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