“Dove Se Piccolino” is a poem my mother learned in Italy when she was a little girl. She recited it in Italian. I cannot read or write in Italian so this is the best I could do to get it down on paper. (Corrections are welcome.) I also made an attempt at translating, only to give an idea of what it says. It’s an allegory, written in a question and answer format. It’s really lovely when recited in Italian. She shared this poem with me for the first time when she was in her late 80’s. To me, it speaks of glorious resurrection life, the “bare grain” of 1 Corinthians 15:37. Believers who die will one day rise again! This poem has special significance for me because my mother came to the Lord very late in her life.
DOVE SE PICCOLINO?
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Dove se piccolino?
(Where are you little one?)
Sotto terra mio bambino.
(Under the earth my child.)
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E laggiu che cosa fei?
(And over there what are you doing?)
Gonfio e fresco no lo sei.
(Swelling and coolness, I don’t know/experience.)
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Spon darei pi questa sera?
(Will you bloom tonight?)
Spon daro pi prima vera.
(I will bloom in the Spring.)
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Mi darei un fiorilino, come il pesco di giardino?
(Will you give me a little flower, like the peach tree in the garden?)
No, no fiore, ma un desoro, di dare una spiga d’oro.
(No, no flower, but I desire, to give you golden wheat.)
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Jesus said …
John 6:40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 11:25-26 “. . . I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
Scripture teaches the resurrection of the dead with strong words …
1 Corinthians 15:13 “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:”
1 Corinthians 15:16 “For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:”
Scripture also explains “how” the resurrection of the dead is possible …
1 Corinthians 15:36-37 “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:”
Scripture gives us these words of comfort …
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”