Italian Satirical Poetry

Monument to the poet Trilusso, in Roman dialect. Piazza Trilusso, Rome

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In the Shade

While I read my usual paper,

Sprawled in the shade of a [tree]

I see a pig and I say to him: “Goodbye, swine!”

I see a donkey and I say to him: “Goodbye, ass!”

Perhaps these beasts won’t understand me

But at least I have the satisfaction

Of saying things as they stand

Without fear of ending up in prison.

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