Atene di Adele Libero, translated in English by the author

atene

Si spacciava libertà,
nei bar di Atene,
si spacciava
orgoglio.
Affondava, intorno il Partenone
in un mare di carta
straccia.

Anni d’inutili sacrifici,
stanchi, affamati,
malati,
denutriti i bambini a scuola,
a lottare per una
zuppa.

Si spacciava orgoglio,
nei bar di Atene,
ricordando il
Partenone,
i poeti, gli scultori,
gli artisti,
i filosofi, i
culturisti.
….
Spente le luci, a sera,
adesso anche le voci,
la Tv
taceva,
Europa, dea,
se la rideva.

………………

Athens

Freedom was sold off,

in the bars in Athens,

pride was sold off.

All around the Parthenon sunk,

in a sea of paper.

Years of useless sacrifice,

tired, hungry, sick,

malnourished children in school,

fighting for a soup.

Pride was sold off,

in the bars in Athens,

remembering the Parthenon,

poets, sculptors,

artists,

philosophers, bodybuilders.

The lights went out in the evening,

and now also the voices,

the TV was silent,

Europe, goddess,

laughed at them.

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