Freshwater Fish

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Lavarello is the Lombard name for a fish
that lives at the lake bottom. It has a tiny head,
like one who rarely needs to think. But by its
shape, it adapts to the depth. Silver white is
its color. It keeps to the confines of dark waters,
cold, and one assumes it's lazy and pacific.
We see it occasionally on the fishmonger's
counter, its body crowned by the redness of the gills.

Translation: 2009, Ron Banerjee
Friday, September 29, 2017
Fabrizio Frosini 04 October 2017
Here is the original Italian text: Pesce d’acqua dolce Lavarello è il nome lombardo di un pesce che vive sul fondo del lago. Ha la testa piccola, come di chi deve pensare poco. Ma per la forma si adatta alla profondità. Il colore è bianco argento. Sta nei confini dell’acqua scura, fredda e si suppone pigro e pacifico. Sul banco del pescivendolo si vede qualche volta, il corpo coronato dal rosso vivo delle branchie.
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