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Variations On Nothing

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That negligible bit of sand which slides
Without a sound and settles in the hourglass,
And the fleeting impressions on the fleshy-pink,
The perishable fleshy-pink, of a cloud…

Then a hand that turns over the hourglass,
The going back for flowing back, of sand,
The quiet silvering of a cloud
In the first few lead-gray seconds of dawn…

The hand in shadow turned the hourglass,
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Fabrizio Frosini 09 May 2016

here is the original Italian text of the poem: _______________________________ ''Variazioni su nulla'' Quel nonnulla di sabbia che trascorre Dalla clessidra muto e va posandosi, E, fugaci, le impronte sul carnato, Sul carnato che muore, d'una nube... Poi mano che rovescia la clessidra, Il ritorno per muoversi, di sabbia, Il farsi argentea tacito di nube Ai primi brevi lividi dell'alba... La mano in ombra la clessidra volse, E, di sabbia, il nonnulla che trascorre Silente, è unica cosa che ormai s'oda E, essendo udita, in buio non scompaia. _______________________________

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