Se l’Italia a volte annega in cattive acque, come dal precedente post di Marzo, ritorno a catalogare sul mio palcoscenico di storielle uno spiffero di fine Maggio. Tra le lezioni di italiano e il mio inglese alla “ricerca del tempo perduto”, ho scoperto un documento storico sull’emigrazione (questa volta le navi da crociera non c’entrano) di cui vi parlero’ nel prossimo post.
A volte tra le riviste a cui sono abbonato, ricevo proposte commerciali come anche numeri zero con testimonianze letterarie e non, piccole storielle scritte da aspiranti scrittori. Ne voglio pubblicare due, così, tra quelli che mi hanno colpito in una fugace lettura in subway. Quasi stropicciati. Accartocciati nel taschino della mia camicia. A volte hanno la stessa sembianza di apparire come fantasmi o presenze nella propria mente. Come ricordi mai vissuti: nella stessa maniera in cui Benigni nell’ultimo film di Fellini “La voce della luna” vagando in un cimitero parla nella notte illuminata chiedendosi dove vanno tutte quelle vite una volta seppellite dietro un marmo. Me lo sono chiesto quando ho scoperto che dietro bacheche di un noto social network spesso continuano a vivere persone anche se all’improvviso scompaiono dalla terra: e gli amici continuano a salutare quella persona anche se sanno che il “nome utente” non potrà più loro rispondere.

Personal story by Bobbie Willis

Eugene, Oregon

What saves me from the tedium of another day is falling hopelessly in love with the people I meet: the curly-haired barista at the coffee shop who hands me my change as if dipping his fingers into holy water; the girl with Down syndrome who talks loudly about vacationing with her grandmother; the elderly couple who grow giant bubble-gum-colored puffs of dahlias at the corner of Twelfth and Chambers; the toddler girl across the street who bleats sweetly, “Mama, come see!”. I fall in love with the deep timbre of my brother’s laugh; the way my mother says my name; the way my father calls me sweetheart; the way my sweetheart calls me baby.

Dinosaur

a short story by Bruce Holland Rogers

When he was very young, he waved his arms, snapped his massive jaws, and tromped around the house so that the dishes trembled in the china cabinet. “Oh, for goodness’ sake,” his mother said. “You are not a dinosaur, he thought for a time that he might be a pirate. “Seriously,” his father said to him after school one day, “what do you want to be?”. A fireman, maybe. Or a policeman. Or a soldier. Some kind of hero.

But in high school they gave him tests and told him he was good with numbers. Perhaps he’d like to be a math teacher? That was respectable. Or a tax accountant? He could make a lot of money doing that. It seemed a good idea to make money, what with falling in love and thinking about raising a family. So he became a tax accountant, even though he sometimes regretted it, because it made him feel, well, small. And he felt even smaller when he was no longer a tax accountant, but a retired tax accountant. Still worse: a retired tax accountant who forgot things. He forgot to take the garbage to the curb, to take his pill, to turn his hearing aid on. Every day it seemed he forgot more things, important things, like where his children lived and which of them were married or divorced.

Then one day, when he was out for a walk by the lake, he forgot what his mother had told him. He forgot that he was not a dinosaur. He stood blinking his dinosaur eyes in the bright sunlight, feeling its familiar warmth on his dinosaur skin, watching dragonflies flitting among the horsetails at the water’s edge.

MI SENTO UN PO’ FELLINI IN QUESTA “AMMERIGA” A VOLTE TROPPO SQUADRATA.  Al prossimo siparietto!