“Mi Ritrovai,” Final Rap for Dr. Naison’s “From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop”

“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita Mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, Che la diritta via era smarrita” Ahi, quanto a dir qual era e’ cosa dura Questa selva e’ salvaggia, e apsprea, e forte Che nel pensier rinova…

"Mi Ritrovai," Final Rap for Dr. Naison's "From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop"

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“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
Mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
Che la diritta via era smarrita”
Ahi, quanto a dir qual era e’ cosa dura
Questa selva e’ salvaggia, e apsprea, e forte
Che nel pensier rinova la paura”

Oggi mi ritrovai nella quarantena
Se vuoi mi puoi trovare a casa con famiglia
Mi voglio ritrovare dopo questo passara
Ma attraverso e’ il modo per ci arriva(re)

“Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! How hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear.” (Dante)
Today I find myself in quarantine
If you want you can find me at home with family
I’d like to find myself after this passes
But through is the way to arrive there

My dream journal’s more popping than my diary these days
I use my coffee maker not my credit card these days
Blue light glasses keep screens from melting off my eyes these days
Because my phone and laptop gatekeep my whole life these days

Three months ago, I found myself in gorgeous Milano
My most pressing decision where to have Aperitivo
Eavesdropping on whoever I was near on the metro
Con attenzione perche era in italiano (With attention because it was in Italian)

Se telefonando, io potessi dirti addio, ti chiamerei (If by telephoning you I could tell you goodbye, I would call you)
If I knew where I’d be right now, I’d call my past self, tell her: go to the party
So I’ll walk in Ramsey each day until I can return back home to the city
It’s not easy stay’n in the moment but they say it’s the best way to be healthy

Ask me what I’ve been binging and it’s the same as you are
I’ve done Love is Blind, Tiger King, and Too Hot to Handle
But TV makes me sad because I want to be out there
Getting into mischief with my friends, meeting a stranger

Remember when I would pizzas on my snap stories?
New kinds of gluten free bread, liquors and chocolate pastries?
Now I bake cinnamon rolls like a robot everyday
I dyed my hair pink last night but who cares no one sees it

I finally understand Plato’s cave allegory
Staring at a blank wall that projects all our stories
Just waiting until we can all crawl up to the real realm
I don’t want to forget how human life in the sun was

Se io rivedendoti fossi certa che non soffri, ti rivedrei (If by seeing you again I could be sure you wouldn’t suffer, I would see you again)
The worst thing to know is not knowing when I’ll be able to see you in person
talking on zoom, having drinks, doing quizzes make me feel decidedly hollow
Always dreading the moment when the laptops close and I’m sitting here all alone

Andavo a ballare a tutti i club dall’Italia (I used to go dance at all the clubs in Italy)
Quel bello sentimento di liberta mi manca (I miss that beautiful feeling of freedom)
I’d wear a cheetah bodysuit, cheap perfume, mascara
And feel my body brush against the hundreds of others

I’d sell a kidney for another day like I once lived
Italian class, shopping at duomo, Parco Sempione
A stop at carrefour for chips and cheese and prosciutto
Then people-watching, live music, and laughs ‘til we went home

I want to hug all of my friends fearlessly and often
I want to spend an afternoon at a crowded museum
I want to learn in a classroom with side conversations
I want to walk towards people and not stay away from them

Se guardandoti negli occhi Sapessi dirti basta Ti guarderei (If by looking at you in the eyes I could tell you “enough!” I would look at you)
We’ll return to hugging, laughing in public, maskless, fearless
I’ll bring cinnamon rolls

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