Xi ħadd pinġa fjura

Xi ħadd pinġa fjura

Fix-xita bil-baħar iħabbat,

 

bir-riħ isaffar f’widnejja,

jekk jirnexxilek tasal sa dik il-blata

fejn ma naraw lil ħadd ieħor

fejn taparsi l-ġganti konna aħna

fil-kwiet hawnhekk - fl-istorbju

tal-baħar, bit-tafal nieżel mal-faċċata

hekk, hawnhekk, ngħidlek li nħobbok.

Where somebody drew a flower

In winter, these rock dwellings

take on a different slant.

In winter as you walk, if you

take care not to slip, you arrive

at a rock placed by giants,

where somebody drew a flower.

 

When it rains, as the sea beats against shore,

clay cliffs weep

and your ears are full of wind,

if you arrive at that rock

before anyone else does

we can pretend to be those same giants.

In a peaceful cacophony of sea-spray

clay slowly sliding

only here, like this, I’ll tell you I love you.

Translation: Miriam Calleja

 

Quelqu’un dessina une fleur

Alors que la pluie tambourine sur les vagues

 

Guidé par les chuchotements du vent

Tu atteindras ce rocher

Où nous serons enfin seuls

Où nous imaginerons que les géants c’était nous

Ici au calme, bercés par les bruits

De la mer, l’argile glissant sur la façade

Comme ça, ici, je te dirai que je t’aime.

Traduction : Irene Mangion

 

Iemand tekende een bloem

In de regen, terwijl de golven uiteenspatten

 

en de wind in m’n oren suist,

gestrand op deze rots,

waar geen mens te bespeuren is,

waar wij de reuzen zouden kunnen zijn,

in alle rust, omringd door het geraas van de zee

en de wegzakkende klei,

zo, hier, zal ik je zeggen dat ik je liefheb.

Vertaling: Nil Ramos

 

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