Romeo Della Valle

Rookie - 337 Points (Ageless / Dominican Republic)

A Life's Stage - Poem by Romeo Della Valle

Leave me to my senses
And the darkness of a room,
For I have no reflection
And my eyes refuse to see
The light even if a day or love,
Or memory-so extinguished,
Is the lamp that once lit up
My life with purpose...

Myself-so outward changed,
That I seem not to maintain
A singular character
Apart from others,
Whose, separately, take their cue
From placement and environment,
Each by turn-but tell me-
Did you expect another me?

Another page, another grave
For yesterday's treasure-
The sustaining pursuit
Or a self-made uncertainty,
A need for growth or freedom-
What does it mean- but me or you-
Alive with possibility,
Owning nothing to the past but this?

New York City
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Comments about A Life's Stage by Romeo Della Valle

  • Jeanette Telusma (7/27/2017 8:31:00 PM)

    The ups and downs of life.. Congratulations on this well written poem. Keep up the great work.... blessings you always. (Report) Reply

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  • Bernard Snyder (7/27/2017 1:07:00 PM)

    Well done, my friend. I am so glad this poem was chosen. Well deserved. You are an inspiration to so many of us. Congrats'! 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (7/27/2017 1:05:00 PM)

    The poem brings out the images of the inner self of someone with a bruised soul with this desperate expression- ' Leave me to my senses.... And the darkness of a room', I would like to repeat the words of Seamus O' Brian here '. We are left helpless, and somewhat pessimistic, but with a few threads of hope left to which we grasp'. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/27/2017 11:40:00 AM)

    There is a sufficient amount of unspoken context here that leaves us grasping somewhat, the scribed portions a bit like fireflies flashing in a moonless forest. I perceive that a significant event has rendered the subject, whose vision 'once was lit' now darkened and blind internally, with no will to see even the external light.

    Enough desire to see, though, his own nature and state, and conclude that in the unspoken, unrevealed context something of himself has been lost, his own individuality surrendered to the ownership of the masses, either in the events leading up to his 'loss', or in the aftermath.

    And I am left wondering who *you* is in the second and third stanza, perhaps a hint that the precipitating unspoken events constituted a who and not a what.

    The third stanza seems to me to represent that reflective, introspective state to which we are rendered when overwhelming circumstances set us afloat like debris on the ocean of fate. We are left helpless, and somewhat pessimistic, but with a few threads of hope left to which we grasp.

    A meaningful, well-crafted piece that allows us to peer through the crack of the author's consciousness, but leaves us to draw our own conclusions. Nicely done. Bravo.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/27/2017 10:07:00 AM)

    Despite best efforts and wishes one can't remain original sometimes. People at time won't accept as what you are and would like to see you in their eyes. You have to escape and remain in close confine. It happens with most of us. Very nicely done. Congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Tribhawan Kaul (7/27/2017 9:36:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem indeed as the life sees itself. An poetic introspection ending with hope. Heartiest congratulations for getting it selected a the poem of the day.10 (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (7/27/2017 9:22:00 AM)

    Me - so outward changed that I seem not to maintain a singular character....beautiful lines of a reflective poem of life's changes. Out ward changes are so visible that we lose track of what is always unchanged in us. But it always invokes our senses to feel something deeper. Congratulations for the member poem place and thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/27/2017 5:41:00 AM)

    Wonderfully It has been portrayed on ones life's ups and downs. Thanks for sharing and congratulation for the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (7/27/2017 4:04:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem to read on life with one life to live only! Congratulations to you for being selected with your poem of today from member poet, my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (7/27/2017 3:38:00 AM)

    a sad poem of ones life's ups and downs? ...........well written. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/27/2017 12:25:00 AM)

    This introspective poem is shades of self in three stanzas. I found the last stanza refusing to reveal itself.

    A good composition about self. Personally, i prefer universal writes. I find the self boring.

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  • (7/28/2016 12:05:00 AM)

    A beautifully envisioned poem and worthy of recognition as poem of the Day. Heartiest Congrats for the same. (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/27/2016 11:46:00 PM)

    Congrats on your poem being chosen for today! (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/27/2016 11:46:00 PM)

    The rabid reality of reality is here creatively composed in this compelling composition that is filled with introspection and decisions. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (7/27/2016 12:43:00 PM)

    Congratulations, Romeo, for having this selected as poem of the day! Well done, indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (7/27/2016 8:39:00 AM)

    One cannot change himself completely but our friends and acquaintances wants a complete change. One who is helpless to change himself, is so much frustrated by demands of others that he confines himself in a dark room. It happens with all of us and during such moments of dejection loneliness is the best answer. The poet has nicely described this state of humans. A wonderful poem and well deserved selection as the members poem of the day. Congratulations. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (7/27/2016 7:57:00 AM)

    We do not know our path but if we are happy enough to just go with it, taking slight detours life can be eventually what we want it to be.
    Thank you
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  • Bernard Snyder (7/27/2016 7:53:00 AM)

    Yes! ! Loving this poem Romeo. Glad to see it selected as 'PODD. Congrats! (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (7/27/2016 6:29:00 AM)

    nother page, another grave
    For yesterday's treasure-
    The sustaining pursuit
    Or a self-made uncertainty,
    A need for growth or freedom-
    What does it mean- but me or you-
    Alive with possibility,
    Owning nothing to the past but this?

    Keep this way of thinking up, in spite of the philosophical void you suffer from.
    Thanks for this poem.10 for it. Subhas
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/27/2016 3:48:00 AM)

    We all go through this phase, some get bogged down and some stand straight, to learn about self it we all must do on a regular basis. Rightly deserves POTD, Congrats. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 23, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013

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