Monday, March 30, 2009


It's poetry time again and this evening I am delighted to introduce one of my favourite poems by Professore Antonio Lonardo, Ricerca. It appears here with his kind permission as always, along with my translation:


Alla ricerca
di una goccia:
del tuo viso,
della tua anima,
della tua vita,
sulla spiaggia
delle conchiglie.

Alla pesca
di una stella:
del tuo futuro,
del tuo cielo,
della tua curiosità,
nel mare
dei tuoi sogni.

Alla scoperta
di una grotta:
di un passato,
delle maree,
delle avventure,
nelle rocce

Alla visione
di una barca:
nelle onde,
dai venti,
nel sole,
per l'abbraccio


for a drop:
a tear
from your face,
a mirror
of your soul,
a pearl
of your life,
on the beach
of shells.

for a star:
a needle
of your future,
a reflection
of your sky,
the joy
of your curiosity,
in the sea
of your dreams.

a cave:
a memory
of a past,
the intensity
of the tides,
a bed
of adventure,
on the rocks
of the horizon.

a boat:
on the waves,
by the winds,
for the sun,
and the embrace
of eternity.

- From Desiderio di Luce [Modica,2005].


Sean Jeating said...

Beautiful, Welsh.

As immediately I felt reminded of a poem by Nazim Hikmet, and thought you might like it, too - voilà, here it is:

The most beautiful sea:
hasn't been crossed yet.
The most beautiful child:
hasn't grown up yet.
Our most beautiful days:
we haven't seen yet.
And the most beautiful words I wanted to tell you /
I haven't said yet...

jams o donnell said...

Beautiful, It's a pity that I don't understand the original Italian.. something I should do something about

Unknown said...

Dear Welshcakes,
I've just left a similar message with Lost in Sicily, and hope you won't mind me bothering you too! I am a travel writer, and I am finishing up a guide to Sicily for Footprint Handbooks. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog over the last months. Like Lost in Sicily, I have a toddler, so enjoy her descriptions of juggling life with a little one in tow. But with you I share my Welsh heritage (my mum is a Welsh-speaker from Pontrhydfendigaid near Aberystwyth) and my HUGE love of dogs. (Although I am still mourning the loss of my own very dear little Maisie, who ran away on June 12 last year.) I love your poems and recipes, but I always love the entries featuring Simone! get back to the reason why I am getting in touch. I need some 'local tips' for the guidebook, and I wondered if you would mind very much giving me a few words. Or perhaps a recipe. Or afavourite café. Anything at all! The quotation would appear just as you wrote it, with your name and a link to the blog. Please get in touch if you think you might be able to help, or would like to know more. Either on the gmail address which appears here, or at maryann.gallagher at Diolch yn fawr!! Mary-Ann

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm pleased that you think so, Sean and thank you for quoting the Nazim Hikmet poem. It's lovely and I will show it to Prof Lonardo.
Thanks, jams. If you were here I could teach you! MaryAnn, I have emailed you. I am delighted that you have contacted me and I would love to contribute to the book. I, too, always enjoy "Lost's" stories and I hope to meet her one day as she is not so far away. I'm so sorry about your Maisie. That must be heartbreaking. Let's hope she comes back one day. Dal ati! Pat

Whispering Walls said...

Stunning photo of the sea, WL - I do hope to get to Sicily this year

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, WW. It would be great if you came over!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Btw, Sean, Prof Lonardo loved the poem you quoted here.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful...x

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Abbey. Prof Lonardo will be very pleased that you like his poem.


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