Sunday, August 27, 2006

Reconnecting with the Tucson Part of Me
By Don Iannone

Long eventful week,
The sort filling your soul
with transforming memories,
Tucson, for now, is behind me,
but far from forgotten.

All returns in life
are about remembering,
Tucson was a fond return,
helping me remember--
a forever important part of myself.

Sitting in the slowly awakening Tucson airport,
early morning luminosity fills me,
My soul rises,
Cloud-like dreams drift away,
carrying me back home to Cleveland.

I long for an old part of myself
to stay alive forever,
Tucson is a part of it, and me,
But even more,
the eternal flame of youth cries out in my soul.


serenity said...

"I long for an old part of myself
to stay alive forever"


"early morning luminosity fills me" I'm still trying to learn about early morning luminosity lol

Hope you had a wonderful trip, and that you have a restful, relaxing weekend.


Don Iannone said...

Serenity...thanks. Our souls have a way of longing for reconnection to what they've known and is still a part of them. Enjoy your weekend as well.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I need a Tucson!

Don Iannone said...

Andrew...Tucson is great because it's great and because, and because it's greatness touched me. Thanks Andrew.

Jon Cox said...

Very well done!!!! GREAT WORK as always! Thank you so much for stopping by, I'm very glad you enjoy my work! :o)

Don Iannone said...

Hey Jon...thanks. You are a master with your hands. Congratulations.

Homo Escapeons said...

I kept hearing Cleveland Rocks!
...and how do you keep them on the farm once they have seen Paris?

All kidding aside we do hold a magical view of our childhood. Most of us embellish how glorious it really was after the shock of adulthood hits us between the eyes.
I think that a big part of it was the freedom and the hope that we had as children.
There is a strange comfort in our genesis. A vision of paradise lost. If we believe it is true.

Thanks Don. You made me think of my sleepy little town. When I was a teenager I would drive out to the country whenever I had big decisions to make. I could somehow breathe easier while sitting in my car in the middle of that old one horse town. That's what I felt reading your piece.

Don Iannone said...

Homo Escapens...Cleveland rocks softly. Older cities have to work at renewal constantly. It's a great place to live.

Thanks for your thoughts. Glad the poem resonated with you. It's always good to remember. And yes, it is easy to fall prey to romanticizing...You're right. Blessings to you.

floots said...

loved this
can't remember who wrote "my own private idaho"
your words have taken me to my own private tucson
thank you

Plus Ultra said...

Writing is THE elixir of life,Don, as you are proving it to be

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Floots...well said, my own private Tucson. Thanks for that.

Thanks Plus Ultra...elixir of life indeed. We all drink of it, but hopefully we aren't drunken of it.

Rob said...

I like the way you have avoided indulging in nostalgia: the last line is very positive.

Don Iannone said...

Rob...thanks. That's exactly it!

samuru999 said...

Another beautiful poem!
I loved it!
Thank you!

polona said...

ah, youth memories are the best memories :)
loved it!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Polona and Margie. Appreciate the nice comments and glad you enjoyed it. Youth!

jac said...

Reflects like a mirror !!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Jac. It is a mirror indeed.

Stacey said...

If you substitute "Tucson" with the word "Cleveland," this beautiful poem is about me.

Glad you had a such a good time, Don.

Don Iannone said...

Stacey...thanks. Hope that you are well. Yes, go Cleveland!!!

Imemine said...

The present or the now is a beautiful young lady. You should spend more time with her instead of with the old woman of the past.

Don Iannone said...

Imemine...thanks for the reminder. You're right.

Pat Paulk said...

Yes it does!! Have had a few memories I wouldn't have minded hanging onto for awhile. Good one Don!!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Pat. Indeed hold on to those parts of yourself.

dumbdodi said...

Hey Don..lovely...can feel your nostalgia and your love for the place

Don Iannone said...

Dumbdodi...thank you. Tucson is a special place for me. The planets just seem to align for me there. Do you have a special place like that?

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