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  • Enigma Variations

    Posted on March 29th, 2009 Admin No comments

    Chiave di violino

    Bżieżaq imlewna tas-sapun il-flawt iżellaq.
    Titriegħed il-qasba
    u jpespes fix-xmara l-ħasur
    bl-ilma ġieri.
    Fwieħa ta’ mara tinfed l-imnifsejn bħal stallett.
    Ġol-vaska tal-moħħ warda
    lewn vjola terħi.
    Kullimkien tiċpis ta’ lwien ħamrana
    indigo, vjola, roża u lelaċ.
    Ġol-filoxx l-għajnejn jaraw
    bħal għarusa l-qamar
    imgeżwer f’raġġiera ta’ ħarir bajdan.

    Chiave di basso

    Il-ħondoq jonfor id-diwi taċ-ċarċara
    bħal żarżir ta’ kuntrabaxx.
    Kallijiet ħorox joborxu l-medda tas-sinsla.
    Foresti jaqbdu u dbieb mgħaddbin jaħarbu.
    Dik mhix ċirasa
    dawk boċċi ħomor tal-velenu.
    Twerwir ta’ swar moħfija minn ġewwa
    sa jinfaqgħu fix-xejn.
    Naħla kbira monotona
    iżżanżan nota ta’ trumbun maħnuq.
    Imxi u ara taqa’.
    Dak dell ta’ zokk mhux sejf wara widintek.

    Chiave di violino

    Flashy soap bubbles flutter out of the flute.
    Reeds tremble
    and sea samphires twitter in the stream
    in the gushing water.
    Feminine scent pierces nostrils like a dagger.
    In the mind’s pool
    a violet streak is run by a rose.
    Smudges of reddish hues abound
    indigo, violet, rose and lilac.
    In eye-catching flounce
    the moon like a bride
    is wrapped in a halo white and silken.

    Chiave di basso

    The canyon snorts the echoes of a waterfall
    like the buzz of a double bass.
    Tough corns grate the spine’s gamut.
    Forests catch fire and furious beasts bolt.
    That’s not cherry
    those are red berries of venom.
    Hollowed out bastions cringe
    until they burst into nothing.
    A monotonous bumble bee
    drones out a hoarse trombone note.
    Walk on and mind you don’t fall
    That’s a branch behind your ear, not a sword.

    (Translated by Peter Serracino-Inglott)

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