On Return

'The Island of Capri' from Tony DeLorger
'The Island of Capri' from Tony DeLorger
'Venice's Grand Canal' from Tony deLorger
'Venice's Grand Canal' from Tony deLorger
'Temple Bar- Dublin' from Tony DeLorger
'Temple Bar- Dublin' from Tony DeLorger
'Dubai' from Tony DeLorger
'Dubai' from Tony DeLorger
'Rotorua-New Zealand from Tony DeLorger
'Rotorua-New Zealand from Tony DeLorger
'Colosseum- Rome' from Tony deLorger
'Colosseum- Rome' from Tony deLorger
'Swiss countryside' from Tony DeLorger
'Swiss countryside' from Tony DeLorger

On Return

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


What learns the traveller,

when dust settles and the warmth of a home fire imbues,

and in that familiar silence revelations burn,

and the soul is sustained, elevated to consider.


What notions flood an experienced mind,

one filled with the world and all its diversity,

and the moments shared in the wilderness of a nomad,

every thought born of difference, colour and questioning.


What eyes see cannot be expressed,

as when a soul grows it cannot bare witness to itself,

and in that state of infinite growth,

a heart stands alone, a changed perspective.


Home is the comfort of a peaceful mind,

a space of belonging, of solace and replenishment,

and even in a world of miraculous wonder,

home is what a soul requires in serene repose.


On return, the traveller is blessed,

realising what he has in appreciation,

not by comparison but by default; home is a choice,

the one point of origin, the fulcrum of a chosen path.


Travel is the path of exploration,

giving life a balanced meaning and our world a destination,

unravelling questions not even posed,

and broadening the understanding of an open heart.



I believe one finds one's own humanity travelling, being able to relate and to discover we are basically all the same. We may wear different clothes, have different cultures and language, but we all want the same things in life: to be free, to be loved, to be safe and to have the opportunities to follow our dreams.

'Swiss Alps' from Tony DeLorger
'Swiss Alps' from Tony DeLorger
'Eiffel Tower- Paris' from Tony DeLorger
'Eiffel Tower- Paris' from Tony DeLorger
'Amsterdam' from Tony DeLorger
'Amsterdam' from Tony DeLorger
'London' from Tony DeLorger
'London' from Tony DeLorger

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks brownella; glad you enjoy my words. Hope I can continue to please and inspire. Have a great day.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks again Colin. By the way I'm a cat lover too with my precious companion 'Beast', who's anything but. Yes, all my photos. Used to be a pro in advertising many years ago, now I just love the art of it. Still sorting some 3,000 shots from my trip.. great fodder for a writer. Thanks for being so supportive. Enjoy your time with your Aussie friend.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

It's my pleasure Sally, and I'm so glad you connected to my thoughts. Take care.


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drmiddlebrook 3 years ago from Texas, USA

How beautiful, and how true, Tony DeLorger. "We may wear different clothes, have different cultures and language, but we all want the same things in life: to be free, to be loved, to be safe and to have the opportunities to follow our dreams." Never have truer words been spoken. Thanks for the gift of sharing your poetry and your ideas with us through this beautiful Hub!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Such a lovely writer and poet you are Sir Tony - I love the way your words put me in a philosophical mood here and let me disappear into your world ...... and it's a beautiful world indeed. Did you take these pictures yourself? You are quite a world traveler along with being a world class writer/poet. Sending to you my warmest wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel with first cup of coffee and some nice Chopin music on a rainy day here by lake erie time ontario canada 10:09am

I have a buddy here from Australia, Melbourne - her name is Maria and she writes under the name of SCRITTOBENE.

I will post and share your awesome writing on my FB page for all to see and read with much much enthusiasm and pride.


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brownella 3 years ago from New England

Lovely poem. I agree that as much as I love to travel I also love to come home again. It's a chance to see everything old from a new perspective.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Firoz; glad you enjoyed it. Have a great day.


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jabelufiroz 3 years ago from India

Great poetry Tony DeLorger. Voted up.

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