Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone, by Whitman

Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass – Calamus – 1855 – translated from English into Italian by Enzo Martinelli

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Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone

Roots and leaves themselves alone are these, 
Scents brought to men and women from the wild woods and pond-side, 
Breast-sorrel and pinks of love, fingers that wind around tighter than vines, 
Gushes from the throats of birds hid in the foliage of trees as the sun is risen, 
Breezes of land and love set from living shores to you on the living sea, to you O sailors! 
Frost-mellow’d berries and Third-month twigs offer’d fresh to young persons wandering out in the fields when the winter breaks up, 
Love-buds put before you and within you whoever you are, 
Buds to be unfolded on the old terms, 
If you bring the warmth of the sun to them they will open and bring form, color, perfume, to you, 
If you become the aliment and the wet they will become flowers, fruits, tall branches and trees.

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Radici e foglie soltanto sono queste

Radici e foglie soltanto sono queste,
I profumi recati a uomini e donne dai boschi selvaggi e dalla riva dello stagno,
Acetosella del cuore e garofani d'amore, dita che avvincono più strette dei viticci,
Gorgheggi da gole di uccelli nascosti nel fogliame degli alberi quando il sole sorge,
Brezze di terra e d'amore si estendono da rive vibranti sino a voi sul mare vivo, a voi O marinai!
Frutti di bosco addolciti dal gelo e freschi ramoscelli di marzo offerti a giovani che vagano per i campi quando irrompe l'inverno,
Boccioli d'amore disposti davanti a voi e dentro di voi, chiunque voi siate,
Germogli da schiudere secondo i modi di un tempo,
Se recate loro il calore del sole, si apriranno e vi porteranno forma, colore, profumo,
Se diventate alimento e umore diventeranno fiori, frutti, rami alti e alberi.
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