With Nothing On

by Flaminia Colella


Originally published as ‘Senza niente addosso’
Translated from the Italian by Stefano Paparo

A day will come
in which you will
ask me why I love you.
I will answer
with the only image of you I know:
against a white wall
without needing a why
or a when,
without a right
or a wrong.
I will answer you like this:
I love you with
nothing on
but your dreams.



Flaminia was born in Rome in 1996. She studies law while cultivating a passion for writing. ‘Senza niente addosso’ previously appeared in her first published book of poetry, Sul Crinale.

Stefano Paparo is an Italian-American poet. He holds a BFA in Poetry from Portland State University, and he’s currently pursuing a master’s in Poetry at the University of Edinburgh.

Read more from Flaminia at The Selkie:
Never Speak to Me of Things Without Soul, You Resist