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A Piece of Myself is Missing

Updated on December 25, 2013
Florence from Tony DeLorger
Florence from Tony DeLorger
From the lookout on Capri from Tony DeLorger
From the lookout on Capri from Tony DeLorger
Sorento from Tony DeLorger
Sorento from Tony DeLorger
Tower of Piza from Tony DeLorger
Tower of Piza from Tony DeLorger
The Colosseum from Tony DeLorger
The Colosseum from Tony DeLorger

A Piece of Myself is Missing

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


In the memory of the year gone by,

I have lost a piece of myself, and I'm not sure why,

and with all the heartache and strife untold,

there is now a distance with which time erodes.


But somewhere in that feast of dismay,

a piece of me went missing, as if thrown away,

perhaps I left it on a step in Florence,

the Amalfi shore or Alpine glacial torrents.


Perhaps it was standing in the Sistine Chapel

under Michael Angelo's works, in silence, baffled,

Leonardo's strokes, that indescribable smile,

it may have slipped from my hand, I was so beguiled.


Those never-ending stairs in the tower of Piza,

it could have blown away by the bells in the breeze,

or perhaps in the streets of old Pompeii,

it fell between stones in a wall decayed.


May be it blew away on the cliffs of Sorrento,

or on the pathway down to the streets of Positano,

perhaps I lost it from the lookout at Capri,

or from the launch that carried us to the caves on the sea.


The Roman ruins and the Colosseum,

all places I could misplace my being,

the flag waving in Sienna, the medieval vista,

I lost myself, in time and pizza.


This trip that went wrong, did so much right,

and I lost a piece of me at so many sites,

it's a wonder I am whole at all,

with me spread so far and wide and tall.


I suppose the only thing to do,

is go back and slowly collect my crew,

those pieces of my heart await,

in Italy, where ones heart and stomach awake.


The waters of Capri, with Mount Vesuvius from Tony DeLorger
The waters of Capri, with Mount Vesuvius from Tony DeLorger
Beach at Positano from Tony deLorger
Beach at Positano from Tony deLorger
Ruins of Pompeii from Tony DeLorger
Ruins of Pompeii from Tony DeLorger
The square at Amalfi from Tony DeLorger
The square at Amalfi from Tony DeLorger

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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Phoebe. Take care.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Phyllis; I will go back one day, for sure.

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      phoebe180 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Merry Christmas Too Tony. I always enjoy your poems! Keep posting!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Ah! Tony, I did not wish you a Merry Christmas, forgive me. I hope your Christmas was lovley and as beautiful, meaningful, as your poetry. I have a feeling you will go back there to the land you love. It is beautiful and so much ancient history.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Phyllis, and hope I can get back their some day. Enjoy the season.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very nice poem, Tony. I love your photos. Merry Christmas and all the best wishes to find those missing pieces for the New Year.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it Phoebe, thanks for dropping by. Merry Christmas.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Bill and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas! ;-)

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      phoebe180 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      nice and beautiful!

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