In this post I will explain to you some of the meanings I expressed on my multilingual YouTube video “Multilingual Ode for Cagliari”, where I describe my hometown through my feelings, my personal experience and through my homesickness as a current expat living abroad.
Enjoy this multilingual poem and have a look at its explanation below the following video. Thanks a lot for your time.
Ode for Cagliari (English version with its explanation)
The plane lands, In this stanza, I talk about my arrival at Cagliari Airport,
my sould desembarks not only as a simple passanger but also as former worker of this
my mother’s kisses bless my cheeks, Airport, that I experienced intensely for 4 unforgettable summer
The mistral wind welcomes me. seasons. Eventually, I head straight to my home, not far from the
Airport, where I meet my mother again.
A characteristic mistral wind welcomes me and blow new sensations
back and forth.
My eyes mirror the frenetic movement Here, I describe one of my favourite plant, the palm, which seems as
of the leafs of your palms. if they were greeting me from one of the new several roundabouts.
which greet me from one of your several roundabouts. This last phrase is a bit ironic as this road element is very characteristic of the current mayor’s policy.
My visit begins in the old neighbourhood of Pirri, In this stanza, I begin my journey around the city, starting from
Where my fantasy goes back in time, the neighbourhood where my parents live. It’s a very old one and
Every time that my sight meets the beauty it’s one of the few places in the city where some old rural tipical
of your last Campidanes houses, Sardinian Houses can still be found.
which protect peaceful gardens through wooden doors.
Right now, my ears wanna listen to the message of the waves, It’s time to go to the beach of my city, our
so that they will transmit that addictive sound directly to the heart, Copacabana, where I describe my emotional
that will patiently remove the sand from my eyes, relationship with this beach, its sea and its
which will be free to enjoy the vision of the Devil’s promontory, promontory, read the story of its name here .
imposing itself in front of such a long beach, that in my imagination,
It never ends.
What a wonder, Poetto beach.
But down here, not only sunshine und stunning views, In this part of the Ode I speak about some of the social
poverty and tough issues often brings Saint’s names, issues this city suffers from. Some neighbourhoods, such
either you are on the safe side, Sant’Elia and San Michele unfortunately struggle with many
or you play ping pong in and out of cell bars. problems but they are also very emblematic and fascinating
Perhaps our ignorance is convenient for somebody. places for those who really want to understand Cagliari’s
Long working hours and short salaries get forgotten society. Unemployment and poor literacy levels are very high
over legal and less legal vices. here as in most of the Island, and it seems as if all the
Sea Salt lands on colourful bright bricks, Kingdoms and countries that occupied Sardinia during these
which wrap rebel paint in a mediterrenean metropolitan flavour. centuries, Italy included, incentivized low education in order to manipolate the population and the whole Island in a better way.
This is the life in Casteddu, trying like its hills, Despite the many challenges that Cagliari’s inhabitants face,
but once arrived on the top, they seem to be forgotten once we enjoy the several beauties
our heart gets in ecstasy, and, this city offers us.
trembling for such a vision, In the last phrase of this stanza I described the action of
it gets ready to take off again and fly, flamongoes which land gently on the salty wetland basins
at the same way as our flamingoes, which are located parallel to the seaside.
who lands with unreachable elegance,
on the salty cradle of such a charming city.
What more should I tell you about Casteddu, Cagliari? In the final part of the poem I praise this city for
A feeling in the past, having been my hometown, for its beauties and
A wonder in the present moment, at the same time I express my desire of seeing, one day,
and a lot of desires for the future. this city as the Capital of a new, democratic, sustainable
A lot of Capitals have gone past through my lifes, modern Country. However, it has always been and it will
of many one I’ve got a very good memory, always be the capital of my heart.
but only one will leave this earth together with my soul,
Thank you Casteddu, Capital of my heart.
So guys, thanks a lot for having read the explanation of this Poem.
I will be extremely grateful if you spread this literary work with the world.
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