We left our home in novecento
left padrone and prominenti
‘Ndrangheta and the priests
the almond trees for golden streets.

I wasn’t born with dreams like yours;

tending trees I would never own;
almond butter, a crust of bread
before an empty hungry bed

I dreamed of eating my share
earning the seeds for the future
to be planted and tended with care

so that you could dream such things
I never knew could be dreamed
writing poetry, words to make a man
remember the trees

Is this not what all men want?
A small house, happy children
a comfortable old age?

Our ancient house is empty.

And now they come to Lampedusa
to Palermo, leaving their country
in rickety boats to cross the sea
the almond trees still standing there;

Saying goodbye, perhaps for good
for our ancient house, happy children
for the dream.





An excerpt from “Sun City – Poetry of an Aging Man”


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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1 Response to Refugee

  1. jmsabbagh says:

    Explicit thoughts.Regards.


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