Un’ora alla pazzia e alla gioia

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Un’ora alla pazzia e alla gioia! O furiosa! Oh, non imprigionatemi!
(Che cosa è mai che così mi libera nelle tempeste?
E che mai vogliono dire i miei urli tra i lampi, tra i venti in procella?)

Oh, bere i misteriosi deliri più profondamente di qualsiasi altro uomo!
Selvagge e tenere pene! (A voi le trasmetto, miei figli,
A voi le narro, e a buon motivo, o sposo e sposa).

Oh, abbandonarmi a te, chiunque tu sia, e tu abbandonarti a me,
       a dispetto del mondo!
Oh, ritornare al Paradiso! Oh, timida e femminile!
Oh, attirarti a me e su te imprimere per la prima volta le labbra d’un 
       uomo deciso.

Oh, fuggire dove alla fine si trova lo spazio che basta, l’aria che basta!
Svincolarsi da precedenti legami e convenzioni, io mai miei, tu dai tuoi!
Trovarsi in un nuovo, impensato accordo con il meglio della Natura!
Sentirsi il bavaglio cader dalla bocca!
Avere il senso che in questo giorno, in qualsiasi giorno, basto così
       come sono.

Oh, qualcosa di non provato! qualcosa in un’estasi!
Completamente staccarsi dalle ancore, sganciarsi dagli altri!
Procedere libero! libero amare! scagliarsi con furia violenta!
Corteggiar la rovina con provocazioni e inviti!
Ascendere, balzare ai cieli d’amore che mi son designati!
Salire sin lassù con l’anima mia inebriata!
Perdermi, se così mi tocca!
Alimentare il resto della mia vita con un’ora di plenitudine e libertà!
Con un’ora fugace di pazzia e di gioia!

(“Un’ora alla pazzia e alla gioia”/FIGLI D’ADAMO – Foglie d’erba – Walt Whitman)
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One hour to madness and joy! O furious! O confine me not!
(What is this that frees me so in storms?
What do my shouts amid lightnings and raging winds mean?)
O to drink the mystic deliria deeper than any other man!
O savage and tender achings! (I bequeath them to you my children,
I tell them to you, for reasons, O bridegroom and bride.)

O to be yielded to you whoever you are, and you to be yielded to me
in defiance of the world!
O to return to Paradise! O bashful and feminine!
O to draw you to me, to plant on you for the first time the lips of
a determin’d man.

O the puzzle, the thrice-tied knot, the deep and dark pool, all
untied and illumin’d!
O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last!
To be absolv’d from previous ties and conventions, I from mine and
you from yours!
To find a new unthought-of nonchalance with the best of Nature!
To have the gag remov’d from one’s mouth!
To have the feeling to-day or any day I am sufficient as I am.

O something unprov’d! something in a trance!
To escape utterly from others’ anchors and holds!
To drive free! to love free! to dash reckless and dangerous!
To court destruction with taunts, with invitations!
To ascend, to leap to the heavens of the love indicated to me!
To rise thither with my inebriate soul!
To be lost if it must be so!
To feed the remainder of life with one hour of fulness and freedom!
With one brief hour of madness and joy.

(“One Hour to Madness and Joy”/CHILDREN OF ADAM – Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman)

OPERE SCELTE (Leaves of Grass) –  Walt Whitman – Giulio Einaudi Editore S.p.A.
 traduzione: Giuseppe Conte 

 

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