#68 I miss September

September in Italy: back to school!

But also one of the best months for going to the beach

…and for a wonderful holiday. Not too hot, not too crowded, affordable princes…

A good time for a weekend in a Agriturismo

or to visit città d’arte (art cities): not too hot, not too crowded, not so many tourists

In the countryside time of Vendemmia (see “I miss vendemmia)

I Pastori

Settembre, andiamo. È tempo di migrare.
Ora in terra d’Abruzzi i miei pastori
lascian gli stazzi e vanno verso il mare:
scendono all’Adriatico selvaggio
che verde è come i pascoli dei monti.
Han bevuto profondamente ai fonti
alpestri, che sapor d’acqua natia
rimanga ne’ cuori esuli a conforto
che lungo illuda la lor sete in via.
Rinnovato hanno verga d’avellano.
E vanno pel tratturo antico al piano,
quasi per un erbal fiume silente
su le vestigia degli antichi padri.
O voce di colui che primamente
conosce il tremolar della marina!
Ora lungh’esso il litoral cammina
la greggia. Senza mutamento è l’aria.
Il sole imbionda sì la viva lana
che quasi dalla sabbia non divaria.
Isciacquio, calpestio, dolci rumori.
Ah perché non son io co’ miei pastori?

‘The Shepherds
September, let’s go. It’s time to migrate.
Now in the land of Abruzzi my shepherds
leave the folds and go towards the sea:
they go down to the wild Adriatic
that is green like mountain pastures.
They’ve drunk deeply from the Alpine fonts,
so that the taste of their native water
may stay in their exiled hearts for comfort
to deceive their thirst along the way.
They’ve renewed their hazelnut sticks.
And they go along the ancient bridleway,
that is almost like a silent grassy river
in the traces of the ancient ancestors.
Oh voice of the one who first
discerns the shimmering of the sea!
Now along this coast moves the flock.
Without movement is the air.
The sun bleaches the living wool so that
it almost blends into the sand.
Swishing, stamping, sweet sounds.
Ah why am I not with my shepherds?’

Gabriele D’Annunzio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriele_D’Annunzio

(See also: “I miss Italian moths” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/58-i-miss-italian-months/ and “I miss August” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/37-i-miss-august/ )


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