for a new translation

language cassandra einstein

Italian words and phrases
she prints on slips of paper
sticks them onto house nouns
to speak their strangeness to
her in a newly quiet life

salt shaker…saliera…she
speaks the word softly
tastes its spice upon her tongue
tilts cut glass into sunlight
spikes refractions to her wall

an empty copper bowl…
citola di rame
a crystal vase in shadow…
vaso di cristallo nelle ombre

she gathers lavender…lavanda
and lilacs…lilla…to grace
a table set for one…tavolo
da pranzo per uno

she thinks tristezza….and
tastes salt upon her lips


Bonnie Marshall

Art by Cassandra Einstein

16 thoughts on “for a new translation

  1. This is so beautiful! Lovely, well-crafted and so clever with the Italian! I write a blog where I profess my love for Italy and Italian, may I share your poem on my blog’s facebook page?

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