Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beyond the inevitability of the sunset


Ognuno sta solo sul cuor della terra
trafitto da un raggio di sole:
ed è subito sera.

~Salvatore Quasimodo~


the night has a certain mystery, mystique-
how it unfolds from light to dark,
showing its transient colors in between,
so fleeting that i must look closely, intently

i must feel the transformation
from dawn to evening,
and all that transpires while i travel
in its multidimensional sphere

how i change along with it,
becoming a part of the sunlight
if i choose to take it all in,
to connect with its intricacies

no matter what it brings-
because without the night,
i would not know
the rise of a new day

a shadow cannot exist
without an arrow of light through it,
how can i truly understand joy
if i haven't felt pain

how can i embrace what i gain
if i have never felt loss, lost
if i haven't lived, or loved to the fullest
if i have never risked to ask the question

how can i ever find the answer
to what lies beyond the inevitability of the sunset

Poem ©2014 by Loredana Donovan


My poem was inspired by an Italian poet, Salvatore Quasimodo, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1959. His poem is at the beginning of my post in Italian. Its literal translation means: "Everyone stands alone at the heart of the Earth//transfixed by a ray of sunlight,//and suddenly it is evening." To me, his poem is about the transience of life, and it made me think about how important it is to live it to the fullest and stay connected. This is posted for Poets United where we are challenged to write in two or more languages. I took the photos of a beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean Sea on a recent trip to Italy. My post is also shared with dVerse. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

41 comments:

  1. smiles...some nice truth in the light and dark...we do need both sides in our life...the shadows to give texture to keep the light from fully blinding us...and the light to chase away our demons....

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  2. Cool photo and poem...such a lovely poem from Salvatore (always is prettier in a romantic language). You expressed for me so well how one wants to slow down or become part of the sunset

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  3. I agree completely. I want to swim in the mixture of life's complexity. I want to feel all of it--the good, the awful, and everything in between.--so that I may understand the full depth of each pool. Good is always better when your rising from something less.

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  4. Hi Loredana, Nicely sculpted piece on the duality of life.. With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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  5. Having each at our side can make life all the more interesting and let us see things in a different way.

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  6. Beautiful, love how you express both sides of life.

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  7. So true... through the darkness of pain is light.

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  8. Dark & light duality in human nature and life. What is in between could
    be a grey area full of mystery and intrigue.

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  9. I can't even write poetry in one language..... Beautiful

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  10. This is just beautiful. I especially love the last 10 lines, both contemplative and profound.

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  11. How we need the contrast of night and day to understand our lives. Well penned.
    Anna :o]

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  12. yes - there wouldn't be shadows if there were no light... it's good to have those contrasts and it's good to risk to really live life fully... beautiful pics as well..

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  13. A softly thoughtful poem here. I like thinking about the transformation from dawn to evening and also thinking how we change along with the light. And so true that a shadow cannot exist without an arrow of light.... Good to see you here in PU this Sunday, Loredana.

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  14. there is something to be found in the sun lights of the evening.

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  15. need both light and shades, joy and pain to make life complete and be a bit wiser...
    the sunset snap is out of the world Loredana...

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  16. This week , I am inspired by how the moon keeps us rooted to our intrinsic humanity. Lovely poem Loredana.

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  17. well done Loredana questions formed that used the photo perfectly...

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  18. One can only appreciate what we consider life's gifts if we have experienced or been faced with their converse. You have explored this theme very eloquently.

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  19. Really beautiful, Loredana.

    "because without the night,
    i would not know
    the rise of a new day."

    This can be interpreted in so many ways, and is my favorite part of the poem.

    Have a bright week ahead, my friend!

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  20. I love this, especially that a shadow cannot exist without an arrow of light through it........wonderful writing, Loredana!

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  21. Magnifici scatti e parole magici, mi piacciono molto le tue poesie. Abbraccio e buona settimana.

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  22. Your photos from Italy draw me back to a place and time where the days were full of color and sun and the nights black with stars and moon...where I lived in the moment and beauty of each day discovering life again...your words catch that moment perfectly.

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  23. Love play with opposites, and true - we need to be aware of both of them to feel happy, in peace. ~ Beautiful writing!

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  24. That necessary balance in life...always striving to find it and hold it close. This was so lovely, Loredana. And I love hearing the inspiration behind a wonderful piece of writing.

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  25. Beautiful work. You are an artist.
    True that something earned after hardships is worth more than anything within your arm's length!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  26. very nicely done! i love the way you play thoughts to contrast, compare, drawing your own board! so much to take from this piece

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  27. Stunning pictures Loredana ~ How swiftly sun sets and yes, we must live to the fullest each and every day ~ Lovely words to read this morning ~

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  28. You make Salvatore proud. :-)
    ZQ

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  29. How beautifully your images and words convey the contrasts of our lives - without these contrasts we can never fully know the true meanings of our experiences. You are very gifted, Loredana. xo Karen

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  30. A beautiful sunset and poem! So true!

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  31. Oh that looks amazing! Makes me want to be on holiday! Like, forever.

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  32. Beautiful poem and photos! I bet the trip to Italy was amazing. :) And thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. I appreciate it, friend :)

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  33. a shadow cannot exist / without an arrow of light

    lovely line in a strong pen ~

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  34. Thank you. It was my wedding bouquet indeed, the one for the civil ceremony. For the religious one I had a different one in yellow tones.

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  35. Cara Loredana, quando i versi scritti dai poeti diventano esperienza di vita, ci accorgiamo della potenza delle parole. Le parole di Quasimodo restano dentro a chiunque si sia soffermato a leggere ...i tuoi versi continuano ad accompagnarmi dentro il tuo stato d'animo che è molto vicino al mio. La nostra vita è anche intrisa di mistero e dentro questo mistero io pongo la mia inquietudine ogni volta che le domande diventano pesanti ed offuscano le piccole gioie del presente.
    Un abbraccio affettuoso,Rita.

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    1. Cara Rita, grazie del bel commento. Ho scritto questa poesia per una sfida che ci proponeva di utilizzare un'altra lingua. Quindi ho scielto una poesia in Italiano che sembrava abbinata ad una foto del tramonto sul Mediterraneo che ho fatto qualche anno fa in vacanza. Poi ho scritto la mia poesia ispirata da quella di Quasimodo. Per me la sua poesia significa che la vita e' speciale e preziosa, ma breve, quindi dobbiamo viverla con gioia. Tutte le nostre esperienze, anche quelle piu' difficili, sono sempre trafitte da un raggio di sole, dalla speranza. Un grande abbraccio! Loredana :)

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  36. Amazing photo and touching words. Well done Loredana!

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  37. What a beautiful and contemplative poem. I'm glad to follow your blog.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  38. /A shadow cannot exist without an arrow of light through it/
    this is a nice line and i like the image it brings to mind.

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  39. A sounding poem, really bringing the best!

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