Against our Sense

Progressing towards a shifting target
It looked like we were walking backwards
Things receding as we approached
The hill was within reach
A reach that simply extended
Like Sisyphean
Until we had come close enough to look so that we could see
All the while making progress against our sense.

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Tra Dire e Fare (Between Saying and Doing), by Giorgia Todrani

There’s this beautiful Italian song by Giorgia Todrani titled Tra dire e fare, meaning ‘between saying and doing.’

What follows is an English translation (courtesy of GGSC), and then a slightly modified version by me. Here goes:

Between saying and doing, between land and sea, between all of the things that I’d have to say, I’m here … talking about love.

Between saying and doing, between good and evil, with all the things that I’ll have to do. I’m here … and I’m thinking only of you.

And let me do it. For me it’s enough to just talk to you for a while, only talk to you. I don’t want to make love; for me it’s enough to look at you, look at your slow movements, so slow that you make me feel that, just make me feel that this will last between you and me, and the time will stop between you and me.

Between saying and doing, between honey and salt, I’m here feeling your thoughts, that only I can hear.

Tell me that this will last between you and me,
and the time will stop between you and me.
 
 
My ‘mod’ next, changes in bold:
 
Between saying and doing, between earth and sky, between all of the places that I’d have to be, I’m here … living in love.

Between saying and doing, between sweet and sour, with all the things that I’ll have to feel. I’m here … and I desire only you.

And let me. For me it’s enough to just talk to you for a while, only talk to you. We don’t need to make love; for me it’s enough to be with you, taste only your presence. And it reaches deep so that you make me feel that, just make me feel that this will remain between you and me, and time a gift we share between you and me.

Between saying and doing, between smell and taste, I’m here feeling your heart, that only I would know.

Tell me that this will last between you and me,
and the time will stop between you and me.

Before We Ever Met

I saw you standing there
Standing at the edge of the dance floor
A lovely top
Right hand on your waist
The other hugging it
Your frame
The look on your face
It held my soul
You were someone to know
Before we ever met

You gave off this fragrance
One that drew me in
Like a siren, but to life
I loved you before the beginning
Before we ever met

So natural to like you
Somehow I felt your essence
That day I saw a light
It was strong and beautiful
Powerful truly
You shined through and into
You gave me something
Without my asking
Would you dance with me
I had wanted to meet you
Before we ever met

We smiled together
Laughed together
Lost in talk, time inconsequential
Your thoughts mattered, they matter
To share your heart with mine
I would that we were that way
Before we ever met

​Grateful — September 2017

New friends come
And new friends go
Some go old
Others we’re yet to know

It was a pleasure to meet you
talk with you
eat with you
walk with you
work with you
I am grateful for the time that was
Grateful for the time that is

Thank you

Swept off her feet

So he swept her off her feet
And she gave her soul
What did he really do
It was she that lept

So he swept her off her feet
And she got possessed
What did he really do
It was she that let

So he swept her off her feet
And she fell in love
What did he really do
It was she that fell