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Where Hummingbirds Come From
Da dove arrivano i colibrì

Bilingual Italian-English Where Hummingbirds Come From

Translated by Max Spera

It was a cold winter day.
Era un freddo giorno d'inverno,

The snow was falling outside
fuori nevicava

and grandmother was in her chair by the fireplace
mia nonna era seduta accanto al camino

She had that far away look she gets sometimes.
Come a volte le accadeva, aveva lo sguardo perso in pensieri dalle memorie lontane.

I crawled up into her lap hoping for a story.
Lentamente mi avvicinai a lei, fino a sedermici in braccio, con la speranza che mi raccontasse una storia.

She wrapped her arms around me and said,
Stringendomi forte tra le sue braccia mi disse,

When I was a little girl just like you
Quando avevo la tua età

my grandmother told me about some magic waters.
mia nonna mi raccontò la storia della fonte dall'acqua magica

 

 

Where Hummingbirds Come From


Grandmother smiled at me and asked,
La nonna sorridendo mi chiese:

Would you like to hear what she had to say?
Ti piacerebbe ascoltare cosa mi disse?

Oh Boy
Ma certo!

I thought, as I eagerly shook my head yes.
Pensai, mentre dicevo si scuotendo la testa

This is just what I was hoping for.
Questo è proprio quello che speravo accadesse.

This is the way my grandmother told me
Così è come mia nonna me la raccontò