A touching poem by the Roman poet Trilussa, anagrammatic pseudonym of Carlo Alberto Camillo Mariano Salustri (Rome, October 26, 1871 – Rome, December 21, 1950), teaches us a great lesson in generosity that comes from nature.
Speaking is a tree, which has reached the end of its life cycle. For this, he announces his will, leaving flowers, leaves and wood as a gift to other living beings.
“The testament of a tree”
A tree in a wood
he called the birds and made his will:
– I leave the flowers to the sea,
I leave the leaves in the wind,
the fruits in the sun and then
all seeds to you.
To you, poor birds,
because you sang the songs to me
in the summer.
And I want the twigs,
when they are dry,
let them make a fire for the poor.
But I warn you that on my trunk
there is a branch that must be remembered
to the goodness of men and of God.
Because that branch, simple and modest,
he was strong and generous: and he proved it
the day he held up an honest man
when we hanged ourselves.
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