International Women’s Day Posted by Bridgette on Mar 4, 2022 in Culture, Literature
La Festa della Donna – International Women’s Day
Tuesday, March 8 next week is International Women’s Day, a festival which will be celebrated around the world and especially in Italy. A big part of that celebration involves the gifting of mimosas to women.
In 1946 the Unione Donna Italiana (Italian Woman Union) decided to choose an object to symbolize the event. The choice fell on the bright yellow flowers, which is in blossom at the beginning of March, and since then this plant has become the symbol of La Festa della Donna.
Here are two poems celebrating the mimosa and women for this important day.
The first poem is by poet Pablo Neruda and underlines women’s strength and gentleness at the same time.
The second poem by Alda Merini also underlines the characteristics found in women, even those that are contradictory. It is a poem celebrating human vulnerability and women’s right to be equal and respected.
Mimosa – Pablo Neruda
Andavo a San Jeronimo
verso il porto
di luce gialla,
una torre fiorita
spuntò sulla strada e tutto
si riempì di profumo.
Era una mimosa
Mimosa – Pablo Neruda
I used to go to San Jeronimo
towards the port
when from winter
of yellow light,
a flowery tower
popped up on the street and all
filled with perfume.
It was a mimosa
A tutte le donne – Alda Merini
Fragile, opulenta donna, matrice del paradiso
sei un granello di colpa
anche agli occhi di Dio
malgrado le tue sante guerre
Spaccarono la tua bellezza
e rimane uno scheletro d’amore
che però grida ancora vendetta
e soltanto tu riesci
ancora a piangere,
poi ti volgi e vedi ancora i tuoi figli,
poi ti volti e non sai ancora dire
e taci meravigliata
e allora diventi grande come la terra
e innalzi il tuo canto d’amore.
To all the women – Alda Merini
Fragile, opulent woman, matrix of heaven
you are a speck of guilt
even in the eyes of God
despite your holy wars
They split your beauty
and remains a skeleton of love
but who still cries out for revenge
and only you can
then you turn around and see your children again,
then you turn around and you still can’t say
and be silent in amazement
and then you become as big as the earth
and raise your love song.
Auguri a tutte le donne del mondo!
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