By Raffaello Baldini Raffaello Baldini

Translated By Adria Bernardi

I understand, sure, hygiene, these days, if you're not paying attention,
with all these sicknesses, you think I'm not aware?
I'm not saying not to bathe, are you crazy?
you don't want to wash? I'm just saying to not go overboard,
because there's clean, that's fine, but not clean and shiny,
it's just that people now, bath foams, bath salts,
a bar of soap's not good enough,
no, instead, sometimes, by washing too much,
some things even get lost, the other day,
there was one lady, I didn't know her,
even if you tell me her name, she's not from here,
she's from Rimini, we had met each other by chance,
two months ago, then we met again,
but it's not like now I'm wanting, I'm just telling you
to give you an idea, it was Tuesday afternoon,
at her house, her husband was away,
she started to unzip me, she was wearing a dressing gown,
we'd been drinking, we'd danced, then we went to bed,
she climbed on top of me, sssh!
and today is Thursday
and I still smell her, do you understand?

Source: Poetry (December 2007).


This poem originally appeared in the December 2007 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2007


Raffaello Baldini (1924-2005) was born in Santarcangelo di Romagna and lived in Milan from 1955 until his death. He is the author of six collections of poetry, all written in Emiliano-Romagnolo dialect, and three theatrical monologues.

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Life Choices, Desire


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