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... from the brilliant seats have you beheld The sons of Lusus on the dusty field
-Os Lusiadas, Luis Vaz de Camoes
1. Born in Madeira -- I am an island. I was forged from a volcano. The lava bloomed me, then spread like a shield of earth, my first field. On this pitch of dirt and chalk, I played football until dark and learned to master the moon like a bauble, a toy,...