12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

NaPoWriMo • 10 April • The Rule Of Thirds / La Regola di Terzi

For you I paddled three boxes over three oceans
33 hours I flew on trefoil wings of silver over the bridge of the third world
3 kisses alone were enough; 333 and I’ve come to believe you as religion

For us, we work like threefold beasts, multiply our fractal hearts
A pair of sphinx for all occasions, we embroider mitochondrial
riddles and stitch back together Babel’s legacy

For me you opened your arms, your soul’s home, your honesty
and helped me up three flights of golden mean stairs
and closed the door behind me.

~ ~ ~

Per te ho remato tre scatole su tre oceani
33 ore ho volato sulle ali trifogliate d’argento sul ponte del terzo mondo
solo 3 baci erano sufficienti; 333 e sono venuta a credere che sei una religione

Per noi, lavoriamo come bestie triplice, moltiplichiamo i nostri cuori frattali
Una coppia di sfingi per tutte le occasioni, noi ricamiamo mitocondriale enigma
e cuciamo di nuovo insieme l’eredità di Babele

Per me hai aperto le braccia, la casa della tua anima, la tua onestà
e mi hai aiutato su tre rampe di scale della sezione aurea
e hai chiuso la porta dietro di me.

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7 comments on “NaPoWriMo • 10 April • The Rule Of Thirds / La Regola di Terzi

  1. vhosking
    April 11, 2014

    Is this in honor of April being one third completed? Lovely verse!

    • Kittykatmandoo
      April 11, 2014

      Yes! You guessed very right indeed 😉 Brava e grazie mille 🙂

  2. angela highstead
    April 11, 2014

    “Oh Ali, beautiful”

  3. Mike
    April 13, 2014

    ‘fractal hearts’! Inspired imagery with active language – nice work.

  4. Jane Dougherty
    April 30, 2014

    I’m glad I found your blog. Your poetry is beautiful and it comes in two flavours! I sometimes post poetry in French, but only if it comes to me in French as well. I admire you getting the idea over in two languages each time. Brava!

    • Kittykatmandoo
      April 30, 2014

      Thank you so much 🙂 Sometimes it becomes a completely different poem if I’m translating from one into the other. Can you speak Italian? I can’t speak French but I can read enough of it to get an idea. I’ll read yours in French and put myself to the test!
      Thanks again
      ~Ali~

      • Jane Dougherty
        April 30, 2014

        That’s what I find. The poem is formed in one language, rarely two. If I have to translate, it’s an uphill struggle, and as you say, the result is a different poem. I go for adaption rather than translation.
        There’s a long story attached to my love affair with Italy, a family saga. I read but don’t have the opportunity to speak it. The French poems on my blog all have English equivalents, but there’s nothing very difficult about them. Thanks for looking 🙂

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