At your birth, you frightened people
by loud and harsh a cry, clamoring
at the loss of the motherly warmth
and arriving, without prior consent
in a strange, indeed bright new world.
Since then, immutable fate, which
always writes the history of our days,
has given you, besides your family,
your friends, lovers, also enemies.
This, with little of hard a toil and
unfailing faith, is fated to bring you
the lot awarded to all of us: doubts
and fears, defeats, and, sometimes,
some triumphs and glories.
Expect the usual pitiless pain, but
never abdicate to pursue happiness,
although always hidden and furtive.
Prior to all, remember Eternity remains
in the Lost Paradise, far beyond us.
Valorize your earthly days, never denying
those dark and dull ones; they are like a fee
for being alive; they are our Star of David, that
we must not refuse to carry.
Blend them with the happy ones, smiling
and going ahead, fearless and audacious,
just as a man must be.
Published in Red Wolf Journal, April 7, 2017.
Published in the Sept-Oct.2017 issue of Indiana Voice Journal