from L’Allegria/Cheerfulness (Poems 1914-1919) by Guiseppi Ungaretti
Part 3, Naufragi/Shipwrecked

Ma le mie urla
come fulmini
la campana fioca
del cielo




But my screams
pain me
like lightning
flashing in the dim bell
of the sky

They sink
in fear

Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as co-winner in the 2011 Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Contest, and A Bird Who Seems to Know Me: Poems Regarding Birds & Nature (Ex Ophidia Press, 2019), winner of the 2018 Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Prize.