Σιγά σιγά

ΣΙΓΆ ΣΙΓΆ
(slowwwly)

Sigá sigá
le le
not follow follow
que no
insewni
forget me and Pablito
for six to eight days
and nights
DJ Ottu has flicked the switch
to white noise

White noise
like the light foamy crackle
of these new earplugs
I did not want them
but will get used to them
bilfors
per forza
it’s the only way

Silenzju, Toninu
silenzju
If I talk to myself
the echo hurts more
than before

Σιγά σιγά
u mela
To read without 
reading aloud
on an island shaped
like man and cat
We shall cross
after the incoming storm

Nies
gente
αγαπητοί άνθρωποι
thank you for the thumbs
and hearts
comments and messages
truly
but
bisogna dirlo
I cannot give advice 
to everyone
Even the random words
and acts of kindness
hurt now

Σιγά σιγά
yesterday morning
madonna
even the waves
lightly crashing
onto the pebbles
pounded me down to hell

Σιγά σιγά
time to rest nannu Frank’s ears
and my own
and our legs
and our face
Pablito’s too

Les amis
ħbieb u mhux
αγαπητοί άνθρωποι
listen
carefully
the Virus came for a reason
every aeroplane
every motorino
every bumm bumm
della musica contemporanea
every soul-scraping voice
through the microphones
Abbassate la radio
baxxulu ħaqq l-ostja
turn it down
for the trees
for the cats 
and the sparrows
for yourselves

Σιγά σιγά
αργά αργά
ήρεμα ήρεμα
ήσυχα ήσυχα
όπως ο Παύλος
Twannaki!

Freedom
αγαπητή Λημπερτέ
if I were to tell you
that in some spiritual way
you are my Ιθάκη
would you protect my ship
or throw a storm?

Open your second eye
I know you have it
and perhaps you will see
θάλασσα σαν λάδι
the lazy waves
very lightly massaging
fouadi
فؤادي
قلبي
my heart
my feline soul
that will not make you sneeze
nor give you a stye
Promesso

Σιγά σιγά
like the six paths of light
last night
in the clear 
oily sea
of Πάλαιρος

We will be back
in sweet time
(grazzi Ingrid)
with stronger ears
with legs for the line
towards Αθήνα,
Δήλος, Ρόδος,
Monte Carmelo
and Al-Quds
with a catmobile maktaba
travelling σιγά σιγά
to Jesus knows where

When
meta
πότε
ħeqq
jien naf
whenever
in sweet time
(grazzi Annamaria)
γλυκιά στιγμή
γλυκós χρόνος
γλυκós καιρός

Σιγά σιγά
xwejja xwejja
abashar abashar
piano piano 
bellu bellu
bil-mod u bis-sod
slowwwly
eħe
slowwwly
così mi piace
a Pablito pure
γλυκós καιρός
bla għaġla
slowwwly slowwwly
σιγά σιγά
σιγά σιγά

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(* ευχαριστώ, Κάτια, για την ελληνική ορθογραφία)

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