Caristia di Sali – Scarcity of Salt

 

CARISTIA DI SALI 
 
La mala nova, subitu
pi l’ariu batti   l’ali:
intra li mircati in generi,
c’ e’ caristia di sali.

Ma   comu e` mai pussibili,
si senti murmuriari,
si c’e’ di sali a   jettitu
‘ntra l’unni   di lu mari?

Pi ministeri e   cammari,
quarteri e tribunali,
c’ e’ cucuzzuna a fetiri
ca sunnu senza sali.

Un tiziu assai di   spiritu
appi la gran pinzata,
di siquistrari in totim
lu sali di l’annata.

Lu   scopu era asssai simplici,
virsarinni   a vaguna,
dintra   la fogna cranica
di   ssi gran cucuzzuna.

Spirava,armuzza candida,
di   fari rinsaviri,
ssu   brancu di cannibali
salannuli   a duviri.

Ci   nn’ha fuddatu,dicinu,
migghiara   di cantari,
senza   pero’ rinesciri
a   farli ragiunari.

Eccu   com’e’ pussibili
lu   fattu singulari,
ca   li mircati mancanu
di   sali di manciari!

Giuseppe   Collurafici

SCARCITY OF SALT
 
The bad news hastily,
through   the air   flies,
among   the general stores
there   is scarcity of salt.

But   how is it possible,
Whispered around you hear,
if   so much salt
in   the sea is there?

In every hall and chamber,
high   courts and tribunals,
there   are many dumb heads,
with no salt at   all.

A guy, with lots of   humor,
had   the greatest idea,
to   sequester   in   total,
the   salt for the year.

The   reason was simple,
to throw it by car full,
of those numb heads
into   the cavity of their skull.

His   hope, trusting soul,
was to make come alive
that herd of cannibals,
by salting them all.

He   pushed in them, they say,
pounds by the thousands,
without being able,
to   spring them to reason.

That’s   how is it possible,
this   singular reality,
why   the general stores
have of salt a scarcit!

Translation by Nino Russo

 

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