Poem By Paolo Ruffilli

Powerful father
arbitrary rule
master who grasps
and holds up the threads
who moves and sustains
control and permission.
Absent father
distant sun
unknown occupation
pressing puzzle
different and stranger
limit finish end.
Shining father
thought about, dreamed of,
held only by the hand,
returned warrior
briefly disposed to stay
to play to speak for once
papa dad.

Translation:James Laughlin

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