The Wind And The River - Excerpt - Poem by Fabrizio Frosini

The Wind And The River - Excerpt -



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[Excerpt: from v.125 to v.152]
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Out of him
The country -in desperation- was howling at the moon
It was howling in the shadow of a buzzard's wing
A boneless wing, hanging by a cloud of rags.

Out of him
Rubble of villages and crumbled people
- Crumbled and windy
- Rubble of grief and anger

He went straight on, like the northern wind
Howling along with the country, trampling on
Billions of unfulfilled promises and immense carnages.

He went straight on, barely dodging
The cracks in the Palace and the biological wells
And the altars of ballots - shored and secluded.

His eyes dug through skeletons of houses and
People. He dug where others, before, had dug:
By his bloody fingers - bloody tendons of frayed hope.

He dug where others had reached feeble, shriveled breaths.
He dug and dug..

- Good Christians. Oh, good Christians

Good Christians, give us some water
Give us some warmth, hope.. Good Christians..

He dug..
Yet, he got nothing but his void glance
Nothing but the breath of his glance

Out of him
The country, desperate, kept howling at the moon.



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[This is an excerpt, from v.125 to v.152, of my long poem 'Il Vento e il Fiume', published at Amazon as an Italian Edition. The poem has 666 verses]
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The Wind And The River - Excerpt -
Friday, September 25, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: deaths,earthquake,suffering
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
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[This is an excerpt, from v.125 to v.152, of my long poem 'Il Vento e il Fiume', published at Amazon as an Italian Edition. The poem has 666 verses]

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this is the translation of an Excerpt from a long poem (of 666 verse) that I wrote in my native language - Italian: 'IL VENTO E IL FIUME'
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It belongs in a book with the same title, published at Amazon.
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You can read the Italian verse (Excerpt) at PoemHunter.

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Fabrizio Frosini 01 October 2015

In that period (Dec.1980) I wrote also a short poem with a direct reference to the earthquake - here is the translation of the central verse: [..] The beginning of the month caught a glimpse of My soul in Irpinia, the land Where the earthquake struck and Ravaged and killed. There, Sadness - and despair and grief - is far Greater, drowned in those people's pain. Men and Women and children, there, are used to sadness. Only the dead remain indifferent. [..]

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Denis Mair 28 June 2019

This excerpt raises many questions. It's not just about earthquakes. He is a witness to altars of bullets. Is this a fragment from the biography of a poet? Powerful!

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Fabrizio Frosini 30 June 2019

Hi Denis, thank you so much for your keen comment. Indeed, 'The Wind & The River' (the 666-line long poem of which this is an excerpt) is a kind of 'autobiography' that I wrote many, many years ago. I wrote it in Italian, then I translated some parts of it, but a sort of 'psychological block' stopped me. Only recently, with the help of Tom Billsborough, all its 666 lines have been translated into English and published in a bilingual edition.

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Minnie Froh 15 November 2017

i also like the picture. the cover of your book is not a pic of a destruction but a calm river

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Fabrizio Frosini 24 November 2017

:) thank you, dear Minnie

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Minnie Froh 15 November 2017

3000 dead,300,000 homeless. terrible these days, another terrible eartquake in iran. a similar situation as the one you have described in your beautiful poem

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Fabrizio Frosini 24 November 2017

yes, terrible... really terrible. And then the awful facts that followed: using the plight of those poor people to make money through corruption!

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Michael Walker 02 June 2017

Impressionist description with vision. The awful feeling after an earthquake: ' Yet he got nothing but his void glance'. Haunting.

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Fabrizio Frosini 10 June 2017

earthquakes.. a terrifying force of nature.. a deadly force.. that you, as a N.Zealander, know even too well.. thank you, dear Michael

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Fabrizio Frosini 08 September 2016

to understand how terrible could earthquakes be, read ''The Really Big One'', by Kathryn Schulz, 'The New Yorker', July 20,2015 - on the seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest..

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