Andare, Partire, Tornare

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My life in verse

I've been sitting on this for a while because I wanted to spend a little time on it. I had seen it before, but mechiach reminded me of it. Some of the quotes may be slightly off as I was doing them from memory.

1.Who are you?

“But, I beseech your grace, pardon me: I
was born to speak all mirth and no matter.”

Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

2.What do you look like?

“It was her scars that made her beautiful.”
Mary Gentle, Ash: A Secret History

3.What's your secret?

“I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.”
--Robert Frost

4.What do you want to be?


“Be happy, those who may
for what’s to come is still unsure.”
--Lorenzo De Medici

5.What can you do?
“Reading means being ready to catch a voice that makes
itself heard when you least expect it, a voice that comes
from an unknown source, from beyond the book, beyond
the author, beyond the convention of writing: from the unsaid,
from what the world has not yet said of itself and does not yet have
the words to say.”
--Italo Calvino

6.What can't you do?

“I won't dance, how could I?
I won't dance, merçi beacoup”
-Will Young

7.What is love?


“I measure time by how a body sways.”
--Theodore Rothke, “I Knew A Woman”

8.What is friendship?

“Why? Because we love you!”
Mickey Mouse Club song

9.Are you strong?


“Well you may be king for the moment,
but I am the queen, understand?
And I got your pawns and your bishops and castles
All inside the palm of my hand.”
--Poe, “Control”

10.What are you afraid of?


“I know death hath ten thousand several doors
For men to take their exits; and ‘tis found
They go on such strange geometrical hinges,
You may open them both ways; any way, for Heaven sake,
So I were out of your whispering. Tell my brothers
That I perceive death, now I am well awake...”
--Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

11.What would you do with a million dollars?

"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an

inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man

should see."

--Samuel Johnson

12.What would you tell the one who loves you?
“You’re my corner and I’ve come to hide.”
--Sayers, Busman’s Honeymoon

13.What do you want to do?

Gondolier: Ciao, belle donne! Vorreste andare nella mia gondola e vedere il

curore segreto di Venezia?

Genevieve: Grazie, ma non possiamo andare adesso, perche vorremo cenare primo. Sarei qui in due ore? Andremo con te, dopo la cena.

Gondolier: Santo cielo! Non posso prometervi niente. Sono molto populare con le ragazze.

Genevieve: Quanto costa un’ora? Vogliamo vedere le piccole canale. Saranno solo due persone.

Gondolier: Per voi, faro’ pagare cento mille lire. Ma, io cantero’ e visiteremo la piu’ bella area di Venezia. Ragazze, da dove sei? Siete Americane?

Genevieve: Si, siamo Americane. Siamo da Pennsylvania.

Gondolier: Transylvania? Come Dracula? Il vampiro?

Genevieve: No, no! Pennsylvania! Nella costa orientale degli Stati Uniti.

Gondolier: Se io vi prendero nella mia gondola, gridiate come Dracula?

Genevieve: Perche no?

14.Where do you want to be?


“…that still centre where the spinning world
turns on its axis, to the heart of rest”
Sayers, Gaudy Night

15.What do you want?

“You who see all my unworthy and wicked sufferings;
invisible, immortal King of Heaven: help my strayed
frail soul and help fill out with your grace
all that she lacks, so that, though I have lived
in war and in storm, I may die in peace and in port.
-Petrarch

2:28 p.m. - 2003-05-09

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