Umberto Saba (1883-1957) “Ulysses”



In younger days I sailed Dalmatia’s coast:

Budding islands capped the crest of waves, where now

And then a bird would hover, fixed on prey;

Seaweed-wrapped and slippery, lovely as emeralds in the sun.

When high tide and nightfall took them back, sails

On beat to windward gave them wider berth to slip their trap.

Today my kingdom Is that no-man’s land.

The port is lit for others; me an untamed spirit

Drives wide in the world, and an aching love for life.




_____________________________ (Italian original here)


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All photographs on abstractbudapest and all translations on onewideexpanse by Jim Tucker, and may be freely shared. Please include a link to this page. If you would like a TIFF file for enlarged printing, just drop me an email.
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