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Milano, Qt. Baggio, March 7th 2020
© Massimo S. Volonté

We gotta get out of this place

In this dirty old part of the city
Where the sun refused to shine
People tell me there ain’t no use in tryin’
Now my girl you’re so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true
You’ll be dead before your time is due, I know
Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’
Watched his hair been turnin’ grey
He’s been workin’ and slavin’ his life away
Oh yes I know it
(Yeah!) He’s been workin’ so hard
(Yeah!) I’ve been workin’ too, baby
(Yeah!) Every night and day
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)
We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
’cause girl, there’s a better life for me and you

Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Somewhere baby, somehow I know it
We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Believe me baby
I know it baby
You know it too
_ B. Mann & C. Weil (The Animals) [We gotta get out of this place, excerpt] _

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2020 © Massimo S. Volonté

Self-portrait CXXII

Nightmare no. 137

I got up in the night
A dark night
I thought it was the sound of the rain
The wind from the sea climbs the cliff
But what woke me up is a nightmare
The invisible enemy this time is an out of control virus
I spent one long hard think about dying
Empty streets in an unthinkable silence
In the city of nothingness
What can I do without hope in tomorrow
I will write
Love letters
The first one will be addressed to my mother
I’ll finally tell her that I love her
I’m very thankful
You have always been present
Without ever intervening
Like an angel
Simple love letters
I’ll write to the women in my life
To ask to forgive me
My male selfishness
And to tell them they gave me and taught me everything
I have never forgotten any kiss
Not even the stolen ones
Light love letters
I’ll write to my sisters and brothers
To the one who has my own blood I’ll say that he is the most generous person in the universe
And I’ll apologize to everyone for my bad temper
I have in mind all the miles run together
All the bottles we drank
Love letters
I write while listening to Miles and the glass runs dry again
To all poets
Those who wrote, who painted
Those who made music, who photographed and made cinema.
Those who made me a drink
You are magic
Love letters
I’ll write to strangers
Who smiled, helped and gave me hope.
With kindness, without wanting anything in return.
Love letters
I’ll address a letter to the heart of this beautiful planet
I’ill apologize to it on behalf of all of us for not respecting it enough
And to the stars, they may shine for the eternity
Simply impossible love letters
I’ll write to my father who is on one of those stars
To tell him that I forgave him
Now he has to do it too
Love letters
I’d send the last one to life
The only life we ​​have
A wonderfully difficult life.

Mi sono alzato nella notte
Una notte nera
Ho pensato fosse stato il rumore della pioggia
Il vento dal mare scala la scogliera
Ma quello che mi ha svegliato è un incubo
Il nemico invisibile questa volta è un virus fuori controllo
Ho passato un lungo istante a pensare profondamente
alla morte
Le strade sono deserte in un impensabile silenzio
Nella città del nulla
Cosa posso fare senza la speranza di un domani
Scriverò
Lettere d’amore
La prima sarà inidirizzata a mia madre
Gli dirò finalmente che l’amo
E la ringrazio infinitamente
Per essere sempre stata presente
Senza mai intervenire
Come un angelo
Semplici lettere d’amore
Scriverò alle donne della mia vita
Per chiedere di perdonarmi
Il mio egoismo maschile
E per dirgli che mi hanno dato e insegnato tutto
Non ho mai dimenticato nessun bacio
Neppure quelli rubati
Leggere lettere d’amore
Scriverò alle mie sorelle, ai miei fratelli
A quello che ha il mio stesso sangue dirò che è la persona più generosa dell’universo
E chiederò scusa a tutti per il mio brutto carattere
Ho in mente tutti i chilomentri fatti insieme
Tutte le bottiglie che abbiamo bevuto
Lettere d’amore
Scrivo mentre ascolto Miles e il bicchiere si svuota ancora
A tutti i poeti
Quelli che hanno scritto, che hanno dipinto
Quelli che hanno fatto musica, che hanno fotografato e fatto cinema.
Quelli che mi hanno fatto da bere
Siete magia
Lettere d’amore
Scriverò agli sconosciuti
Che mi hanno sorriso, aiutato e dato speranza.
Con gentilezza, senza voler nulla in cambio.
Lettere d’amore
Indirizzerò una lettera al cuore di questo meraviglioso pianeta
Gli chiederò scusa a nome di tutti noi per non averlo rispettato abbastanza
E alle stelle, che possano brillare per l’eternità
Lettere d’amore semplicemente impossibili
Scriverò a mio padre che è su una di quelle stelle
Per dirgli che l’ho perdonato
Ora deve farlo anche lui
Lettere d’amore
L’ultima la manderei alla vita
Questa unica vita che abbiamo
Una vita meravigliosamente difficile.
_ Hugh S. Graves _

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2019 © Massimo S. Volonté

Keep yourself alive

Take off
I was told a million times
Of all the troubles in my way
Mind you grow a little wiser
Little better every day
But if I crossed a million rivers
And I rode a million miles
Then I’d still be where I started
Bread and butter for a smile
Well I sold a million mirrors
In a shopping alley way
But I never saw my face
In any window any day
Now they say your folks are telling you
Be a super star
But I tell you just be satisfied
Stay right where you are
Keep yourself alive, yeah
Keep yourself alive
Ooh, it’ll take you all your time and money
Honey you’ll survive
Ow
Well I’ve loved a million women
In a belladonic haze
And I ate a million dinners
Brought to me on silver trays
Give me everything I need
To feed my body and my soul
And I’ll grow a little bigger
Maybe that can be my goal
I was told a million times
Of all the people in my way
How I had to keep on trying
And get better every day
But if I crossed a million rivers
And I rode a million miles
Then I’d still be where I started
Same as when I started
Keep yourself alive, come on
Keep yourself alive
Ooh, it’ll take you all your time and money honey
You’ll survive, shake
Ow
Keep yourself alive, wow
Keep yourself alive
Oh, it’ll take you all your time and money
To keep me satisfied
Do you think you’re better every day?
No, I just think I’m two steps nearer to my grave
Keep yourself alive, c’mon
Keep yourself alive
Mm, you take your time and take more money
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
C’mon keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
C’mon c’mon keep yourself alive
It’ll take you all your time and a money
To keep me satisfied
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive
Take you all your time and money honey
You will survive
Keep you satisfied
_ Queen [Keep yourself alive] _

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