‘Cistus’ – poem by Saveriu Paoli (1916)

storia di Corsica
Viscous cistus                                                                                                         
King of our beaches,
Clinging cistus
Bordering our threshing floors
Companion of our shepherds
Nowhere, does the beauty of your flowers not embellish
Come winter or summer, everywhere you are resplendent
– may he go to hell, he who sets you on fire (or burns you!)
May your essence never disappear
May you stretch and expand from mounts to marinas
Scatter and flower, flower and scatter,
Oh cistus, never cease to offer your colours and your energy
Viscous cistus, king of our maquis
Clinging cistus, bordering our threshing floors ..
Source:
Storia di Corsica / Histoire de Corse ©

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