Galassi’s “L’infinito”

Infinity by Jonathan Galassi

This lonely hill was always dear to me,

and this hedgerow, which cuts off the view

of so much of the last horizon.

But sitting here and gazing, I can see

beyond, in my mind’s eye, unending spaces,

and superhuman silences, and depthless calm,

till what I feel

is almost fear.  And when I hear

the wind stir in these branches, I begin

comparing that endless stillness with this noise;

and the eternal comes to mind,

and the dead seasons, and the present

living one, and how it sounds.

So my mind sinks in this immensity:

and foundering is sweet in such a sea.


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  1. Pingback: A quote, a poem (3): Leopardi, «L’infinito» | Blog Nostrum

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