the smile was abolished * il sorriso è stato abolito * s-a abolit surâsul

Trilingual text: English, Italian and Romanian language

look at they: the children are born sad, with seriousness, already mature
her cross the threshold of life and seems to be them the funeral ceremony
us, the big ones, we are the last children of the planet
because we buy more toys for us than for them
we smile, laugh sometimes, because of old habits, and we are ashamed in front of children
they look at us metallic … and they think we’re retards
Now, the first thing we need is to rehabilitate the smile –
not the crying, already has yourself learned


photo by AudraMcD

guardateli: i bambini sono nati tristi, gravi, già maturi
varcano la soglia della vita, sembrando una cerimonia funebre
noi, quelli grandi, siamo gli ultimi bambini del pianeta
perché compriamo giocattoli per noi di più come per loro
noi sorridiamo, ridiamo a volte, per via delle vecchie abitudini, e ci vergogniamo di fronte ai bambini
loro ci guardano metallico… e pensano che siamo ritardati
Ora, la prima cosa che dobbiamo riabilitare è il sorriso –
il pianto no, già hanno insegnato da soli


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priviți-i: copiii se nasc triști, gravi, deja maturi
trec pragul spre viață, părându-le o ceremonie funerară
noi, cei mari, suntem ultimii copii ai planetei
deoarece cumpărăm mai multe jucării nouă decât lor
noi surâdem, râdem uneori, din vechi obiceiuri, și ne rușinăm în fața copiilor
ei ne privesc metalic și ne cred retardați
acum primul lucru pe care trebuie să-l reabilităm este surâsul –
plânsul nu, l-au învățat deja și singuri


15 thoughts on “the smile was abolished * il sorriso è stato abolito * s-a abolit surâsul

  1. God is settling all accounts, watch the skies, amen


  2. A deep and thought provoking post.


  3. I love you poem.
    But I would exchange the word “retards” for one that does not offends our brothers and sisters with special needs.
    Sé como reaccionan ellos ante esta palabra porque muchos de ellos son mis amigos.
    Thank You, my friend Valeriu, for considering my comment.


  4. so many smiles stolen, wasted and lost forever…truly a child is the only one with the capacity to let it be turned on again, we must turn it on again


  5. … Sadly, us adults shape the kids knowledge and often times out of our own brokenness ….


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