11 May 1943

THE AIR RAID
Marsala 11 MAY 1943-Gold medal for civil valour

In the Villa del Rosario
the children played.

A deluge of lead
clouded the sun. The sky fell down.
An immense white cloud
rose up from the strewn debris
a city turned to sepulchre.

The lament of children
reached earth’s core.
Plaster-cast angels
closed their eyes.
The grim silence of tufa
engulfed their dreams.

O, city of sadness.
Holocaust and victim town.
The life of the living
ravaged forever
made more dead than the dead.

What nightingale sings
on tree-branch today?
And of what tale does it tell?

Nightingale.
Sweet and wistful
your song reaches the soul.
A song of love.
Go on. Go on, sing.

In the Villa del Rosario
the children played.

Monument to the victims - open