Florence, A Walk With A View Poem by Fabrizio Frosini

Florence, A Walk With A View

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«Wer noch kein / Melancholiker ist, / Muß es hier werden»

At the first shadows upon Arcetri, step by step -absorbed
In thoughts - you descended from the Observatory to
Galileo avenue, and from there to Forte di Belvedere
And thus downtown, lit up by the silky lights of the

How right those verses from Czechowski,
The poet of the Death from the sky above Dresden.
It is the intimate warmth of nostalgia that makes
Your heart melt at the sight around.

Behold! Leave behind any anger and pain,
Because there is but one path to follow:
Our own -In loneliness. With the melancholy
That accompanies all of us to our final


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«Wer noch kein/ Melancholiker ist, / Muß es hier werden» Heinz Czechowski, 'Selbstbildnis, Florenz' [1993-96] — {«Who is not melancholic / here he becomes such.», 'Self-portrait, Florence'}.

Florence, A Walk With A View
This is a translation of the poem Firenze, Passeggiata Con Vista by Fabrizio Frosini
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: life,nostalgia
A walk in Florence.

[English adaptation from my Italian text «Firenze, passeggiata con vista»]

{Note: Heinz Czechowski wrote a poem titled 'Selbstbildnis, Florenz' ['Self-portrait, Florence'], from where the lines: «Wer noch kein / Melancholiker ist, / Muß es hier werden» ['Who is not melancholic / here he becomes such.'}

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1. My line:
'How right [are] those verses from Czechowski' refers to «Melancholiker.. / Muß es hier werden» ['Who is not melancholic / here he becomes such.'].

2. My line:
'The poet of the Death from the sky above Dresden' refers to the fact that during World War II, when yet a child, he survived the allied bombing of his city, Dresden (february/april 1945) , that killed more than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, and destroyed the entire city center. Before its destruction, Dresden was know as Florence on the Elbe (Elbflorenz) .

3. My line:
'Because there is but one path to follow: ' refers to «Denn es ist kein Geheimnis, / dass ein jeglicher nur einen Weg / Zu beschreiten hat: seinen.» { 'Since it is not a secret, / Everybody has only one path/ to follow: his own.' } in Czechowski's «MAN WEISS JA, UND WENN MAN NOCH NICHT WEISS» ['One knows, and if doesn't known, ']

4. Arcetri is a hill, in Florence, where an Astrophysical Observatory stands. It is close to 'Villa il gioiello', where Galileo Galilei lived from 1631 until his death (1642) .

5. Forte di Belvedere is a fortress built (1590-'95) by Bernardo Buontalenti by order of Ferdinando I de' Medici. Located on a hill, right up against the walls surrounding the Boboli Gardens (adjacent to Palazzo Pitti) , from there a spectacular view of Florence and its surrounding hills can be enjoyed.

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(Fabrizio Frosini)
Michael Walker 10 November 2019

To see this photo and read your poem takes me back to my visit to Florence in mid-1974. I saw every I saw most of the artistic masterpieces.

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Michael Walker 15 November 2019

Should be, 'I saw the bridges over the River Arno with friends from the camping tour, and we walked down the Arcetri also.'

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Fabrizio Frosini 15 November 2019

so good that you visited Firenze! Unfortunately, my dream of visiting New Zealand has not come true...: ( Cheers from Tuscany, Michael

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Henry Tong 30 January 2018

I've been to Florenza for 3 times, each in a different mood. Last time I visited there, the stone paved streets were reflecting the evening glow. In front of Dante Aligheli's former residence I saw a family of pigeon basking under the last tint of sunlight. It was unforgettable.

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Fabrizio Frosini 30 January 2018

the hues of the sunset.. yes. I've tried to put that feeling in this poem

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Sabrina Gerhart 25 November 2016

Ich liebe Czechowski! it'sso beautiful to read a quote from him in your beautiful poem!

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Fabrizio Frosini 25 November 2016

nice to hear. I like Czechowski's poetry very much. Thank you for your kind words on my poem

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Michael Walker 11 May 2016

The poem and the photo take me back to my visit to Florence in 1974. I particularly like the reference to Galileo, and 'leave behind any anger and pain'. M. Walker.

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Fabrizio Frosini 12 May 2016

in '74.. well, Florence is much more chaotic these days.. :) But its beauties are still intact.. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my poems, dear Michael

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Navod Dilhara 01 March 2016

You have an impeccable capability of articulating.. Good luck

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