“You Are My Piece of Foreign Sky”

You are the trip I did not take, you are the pearls I could not buy,you are my blue Italian lake, you are my piece of foreign sky..

This is one of my favorite memes I have made. I love this little poem because it reminds me of how much motherhood trumps the other things in life. It may require sacrificing some personal pursuits, but there’s nothing that could bring as much fulfillment and there’s nowhere I’d rather be. I love being a mommy.

Here’s the full version of the poem (by Anne Campbell):

“You are the trip I did not take, 
You are the pearls I did not buy,
You are my blue italian lake,
You are my piece of foreign sky.

You are my Honolulu moon,
you are the book I did not write,
you are my heart’s unuttered tune,
you are a candle in my night.

You are the flower beneath the snow,
in my dark sky a bit of blue,
answering disappointment’s blow with
“I am happy! I have you!”

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  1. Lisa Aktug

    Anne Campbell didn’t write this. She may have quoted it in her book, but I found it published in a newspaper way before she was born. I know it’s attributed to her on some Quote websites but that is incorrect. Anyway, love your meme – it’s one of my favorite poems!

    1. Rebecca

      Good to know, I didn’t realize that. Thanks!

    2. Theresa P.

      I, too, love this poem.
      My mother included the first verse of this poem in my sister’s “Baby Book;” the month ~ September, the year 1942.
      My mother was an avid reader. And, unfortunately, I don’t know the source from which the verse was quoted.
      However, I do know that in the “Baby Book” Mama substituted “glimpse” for “piece” of foreign sky.
      I may be partial, but I like Mama’s version better.
      Both Mama and Sister have gone home to be the Lord. So sadly, I’ve no one to ask about the poem’s author.

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