Stephen Loomes

(21ST JUNE 1950 / SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)

Arrivederci Roma


Arrivederci Roma
(sung with Perry Como’s Croon)

I leave a dirty Roma
Gypsys at the station with offers of aid
Hand out, waiting to be paid
Ah yes, I leave a dirty Roma
Touts and beggars to evade
Nice old men on the take
Selling cameos so clearly fake
Joining thousands at the sites
Of a great civilisation
Long past its heights
At its lost grandeur we gaze
Through the roman summer haze
And despite the ubiquity
Of the crumbling antiquity
Around the falling monuments to the past
Lives on, an eternal truth
Which is the beauty of youth
And the great eternal part
Of the Greek and Roman art.

July 2013

Submitted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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A visitor's impression of Rome for the tourist

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