Night Blooming Jasmine

Giovanni Pascoli

Translated by Geoffrey Brock
 
And in the hour when blooms unfurl
thoughts of my loved ones come to me.
           The moths of evening whirl
           around the snowball tree.
Nothing now shouts or sings;
one house only whispers, then hushes.
           Nestlings sleep beneath wings,
           like eyes beneath their lashes.
From open calyces there flows
a ripe strawberry scent, in waves.
           A lamp in the house glows.
           Grasses are born on graves.
A late bee sighs, back from its tours
and no cell vacant any more.
           The hen and her cheeping stars
           cross their threshing floor.
All through the night the flowers flare,
scent flowing and catching the wind.
           The lamp now climbs the stair,
           shines from above, is dimmed...
It's dawn: the petals, slightly worn,
close up again—each bud to brood,
           in its soft, secret urn,
           on some yet-nameless good.
 
From The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry edited by Geoffrey Brock. Copyright 2012 by Geoffrey Brock. Reprinted with permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. All rights reserved.

Further Reading

Poems about Night
A Clear Midnight
by Walt Whitman
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
by Vachel Lindsay
Acquainted with the Night
by Robert Frost
At Deep Midnight
by Minnie Bruce Pratt
At Night
by Yone Noguchi
At Night the States
by Alice Notley
Breaking Across Us Now
by Katie Ford
Flying at Night
by Ted Kooser
Hard Night
by Christian Wiman
Hellish Night
by Arthur Rimbaud
Here and Now
by Stephen Dunn
Hymn to the Night
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the City of Night
by John Gould Fletcher
La Noche
by Anselm Hollo
Last
by Maxine Scates
Late Night Ode
by J. D. McClatchy
Let Evening Come
by Jane Kenyon
Meeting at Night
by Robert Browning
Mother Night
by James Weldon Johnson
Night
by Carsten René Nielsen
Night Air
by C. Dale Young
Night Drafts
by Tony Sanders
Night Funeral in Harlem
by Langston Hughes
Night Songs
by Thomas Kinsella
Nights On The Peninsula
by D. Nurkse
On a Night Like This
by Michael Teig
One Night
by Mathias Svalina
Radar Data #12
by Lytton Smith
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
by T. S. Eliot
Sawdust
by Sharon Bryan
Ships That Pass in the Night
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Summer Night, Riverside
by Sara Teasdale
Summer Stars
by Carl Sandburg
The First Night
by Billy Collins
The Sun Has Long Been Set
by William Wordsworth
To Night
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Unity
by Pablo Neruda
Window
by Carl Sandburg