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Livorno, Italy
Jean Colonomos

? for my daughter, Sarah

Maybe it was because we’d been traveling in Italy
fortwo weeks with our three-year old
andhad finally gotten the hang of being on vacation
thatit came to me in that teensy hill town
whilesharing sodas with two Italian motorcyclists
deckedout in red and white leather,
surroundedby the glory-be-to-God mountains,
thelove of my daughter and husband
comingat me from all sides
thatat this moment,
Iwas standing on top of the world,
Iwas standing on top of the world.

by Jean Colonomos.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Jean Colonomos began her career in the Arts as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She lived and breathed dance and then wrote about it for various publications in New York City during the 1960s and '70s; during this time, she also became a poet and playwright. Jean's workhas been published in several journals and her most recent chapbook isArt Farm.She lives in a small mountain town In Southern California. Learmore about her at

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Lyrical and lovely! And the repetition of the last two lines underscores the depth of emotion.
Posted 05/17/2016 02:58 PM
Posted 05/06/2016 09:23 AM
Exuberant and uplifting! Janice
Posted 05/02/2016 10:22 AM
Exuberant and uplifting! Janice
Posted 05/02/2016 10:22 AM
Mary Lou Taylor:
What a lift your poem gives a heart!
Posted 05/01/2016 04:53 PM
You are still standing on top of the world.
Posted 05/01/2016 04:41 PM
Love the "glory-be-to-God montains"
Posted 05/01/2016 03:06 PM
love the climax. stunning!
Posted 05/01/2016 01:14 PM
Lovely moment, memory...
Posted 05/01/2016 11:07 AM
Oh yes!
Posted 05/01/2016 10:53 AM
You've made me cry, my dear. Thank you!
Posted 05/01/2016 09:46 AM
What a wonderful feeling. Full of joy.
Posted 05/01/2016 08:45 AM
Sarah Russell:
You captured an elusive feeling perfectly. We too seldom stop to acknowledge pure joy. Thank you.
Posted 05/01/2016 07:26 AM
Anita Pulier:
Lovely poem of a wonderful time in life! Good one Jean.
Posted 05/01/2016 05:31 AM
Ross Kightly:
This is exactly right. Thank you.
Posted 05/01/2016 03:02 AM

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