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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


outside the wall
around the cemetery
long grass

fuori del muro
intorno al cimitero
l'erba è alta

au-delà du mur
entourant le cimetière
l'herbe est haute
tr. italienne Moussia Fantoli, francais Serge Tome

This appeared, with the translations, at tempslibre, June 2007. My thanks, and a tip of the hat, to Moussia and Serge.


Anonymous aurora said...

That really reads well. Nice, Bill!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Richard Kay said...

I enjoyed this one. Has a bit of a Santoka flavour to it.

7:00 AM  
Blogger floots said...

it speaks volumes about transience and permanence
thank you

7:19 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, aurora.

Santoka, Richard! I couldn't be more flattered.

Permanence and transience, floots. I keep coming back to that.

Looking at the work of Serge and Moussia, I feel I lose something in the original.

8:14 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

"...a bit of a Santoka flavour..."

yeah, that`s true!
i feel the same!

best wishes,

2:32 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

Muurin ulkopuolella
hautausmaan ympärillä
pitkää ruohoa

hau-taus-maa = cemetery

If allowed Behind the wall:

Muurin takana
hautausmaan ympärillä
pitkää ruohoa


But this 'outside' is better, I think. Outsiders are over there...

5:29 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you very much, tikkis. I really appreciate your translation.

7:03 AM  
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