Bertolt Brecht: Erinnerung an die Marie A.

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La versione inglese tradotta da Ralph Manheim e John Willett...
Un dì nel mese azzurro di settembre
quieto all'ombra d'un giovane susino
tenevo il quieto e pallido amore mio
fra le mie braccia come un dolce sogno.
E su di noi nel bel cielo d'estate
c'era, ed a lungo la guardai, una nuvola.
Era assai bianca e alta da non credere
e quando la cercai non c'era più.
It was a day in that blue month september
Silent beneath the plum trees' slender shade
I held her there, my love, so pale and silent
As if she were a dream that must not fade
Above us in the shining summer heaven
There was a cloud my eyes dwelled long upon
It was quite white and very high above us
Then I looked up
And found that it had gone
Dopo quel giorno molte e molte lune
con tante acque sono corse via.
Sono i susini già tutti recisi,
e dell'amore, mi chiedi, che fu?
E ti rispondo: non me ne ricordo.
Eppure, credi, so che cosa intendi:
ma quel suo viso, io, non lo so più.
Questo soltanto so: che la baciai.
And since that day, so many moons in silence
Have swum across the sky and gone below
The plum trees surely have been chopped for firewood
And if you ask, how does that love seem now
I must admit, I really can't remember
And yet I know what you are trying to say
But what her face was like, I know no longer
I only know I kissed it on that day
E anche il bacio, l'avrei dimenticato
non fosse per la nuvola che andava.
Quella so ancora e sempre la saprò:
era assai bianca e mi veniva incontro.
Sono forse i susini ancora in fiore,
forse il settimo figlio già quella donna avrà.
Ma pochi istanti fiorì quella nuvola
e quando la cercai era già vento.
As for the kiss, I long ago forgot it
But for the cloud that floated in the sky
I know that still and shall forever know it
It was quite white and moved in very high
It may be that the plum trees still are blooming
That woman's seventh child may now be there
And yet that cloud had only bloomed for minutes
When I looked up, it vanished on the air

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