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Precautions

Eugenio Montale

Not incorrectly
they advised me
to use the long spoon
if I went to dine with the devil.
Unfortunately
on those rare occasions
the only one available
was short.
 
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"Precautions" from Otherwise, Translated from Italian by Jonathan Galassi. Translation copyright © 1984 by Jonathan Galassi. Reprinted by permission of Random House, Inc.

 

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