giovedì 27 febbraio 2020

The Black Cat

by Sandro D. Fossemò

(Translated from Italian to English)

In the forlorn darkness
of a thunderstorm,
a lightning pierces
like a spear
the heart of the night.

An ancient street lamp
surveys the lonely
walls cramping the
wet cobbled street
of a medieval village.

The lamp bathes
a black cat in nefarious light.

In its glare is
the beast of the devil,
seeking shelter betwixt a tangle 
of dry autumnal branches.

The spirit of the night
guards the kingdom of the dead...
It scours the blind alley
with two diabolical lanterns
and a black coat,
in the midst of the storm.

It fixes its eyes on me
with cunning and they gleam in the darkness
of glowing amber.

The cat arches its back
and its fur bristles
as my furtive shadow
slowly approaches.
It draws back its ears
and growls with my caresses.
The damned feline
spits and bites
my fingers with bloodstained canines.

My soul shudders
to the plaintive chant of the bells
announcing death,
 clashing with the cat's strangled cry

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