Variations On Nothing


Giuseppe Ungaretti

That negligible bit of sand which slides

Without a sound and settles in the hourglass,

And the fleeting impressions on the fleshy-pink,

The perishable fleshy-pink, of a cloud...

Then a hand that turns over the hourglass,

The going back for flowing back, of sand,

The quiet silvering of a cloud

In the first few lead-gray seconds of dawn...

The hand in shadow turned the hourglass,

And the negligible bit of sand which slides

And is silent, is the only thing now heard,

And, being heard, doesn't vanish in the dark.


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