Most of us look to teachers and experts when we have missing pieces in our lives, failing to recognize when they are filled in from everyday people -- regardless of what they do or what authority they have. And yet the lessons and the puzzle pieces are everywhere.
As October comes to a close and the celebration of Italian-American heritage, culture, and history ends, I would like to make this poem my finale. I published it in 2008 in Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus.
I have always had trouble figuring out to which country I belong. I travel regularly to Italy, speak Italian, have Italian friends, but I have always lived in the U.S. I don't really fit in either country.