“Spesso è da forte,
Più che il morire, il vivere.”
(Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.)
~ Vittorio Alfieri
It is the mercy of the butterfly of thaw
An approach of warmth from a distance of light years
To disperse the rule of darkness and the raw–
–despair of hidden, gnawing unrepentant fears.
On the 268th birthday of Count Vittorio Alfieri,
poet, playwright (16 January 1749 – 8 October 1803).