Racconti

Crestati

Illustration for the short story "Il commiato" created by Riccardo Boccardi of Racconti Crestati, a series of short ironic and witty stories with surprise endings.

The text is shown below.

 

Digital technique

Program used: procreate on iPad

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"Il commiato"

La fossa appariva umida, profonda, estraniante. Mentre il feretro veniva calato con sforzo, osservavo la scena quasi ubriaca. Escludendo i becchini ero l’unica a presenziare la cerimonia funebre. Il prete officiante seguiva smarrito il pianto dirotto che solcava le mie guance tremule. Durante l'inumazione, terra cadeva severa sopra altra terra, pesante quanto la distanza che ci avrebbe separato. Ripensavo ai grami episodi di una vita comune e gli occhi si riempivano di stille umorose. Di fronte a quella reazione sfacciata, il religioso sembrava allocchito. Non aveva mai visto una signora ridere fino alle lacrime al funerale del marito. «Adieu mon cher, fatti un bel giro all'inferno!».

"The farewell"

The pit looked wet, deep, alienating. As the coffin was lowered with effort, I watched the scene almost drunk. Excluding the gravediggers, I was the only one to attend the funeral ceremony. The officiating priest followed in bewilderment the pouring tears that furrowed my trembling cheeks. During the burial, earth fell sternly over other earth, as heavy as the distance that would have separated us. I thought back to the grim episodes of a common life and my eyes filled with humorous drops. In the face of that brazen reaction, the cleric seemed to be stuck. He had never seen a lady laugh to tears at her husband's funeral. "Adieu mon cher, take a nice ride in hell!"

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