Who else grew up on Shel Silverstein? Anyone? Anyone? To me, "I cannot go to school today said little Peggy Ann McKay/I have the measles and the mumps, a gash, a rash, and purple bumps" is as familiar as "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary." Perhaps you focused less on the poetry and more on the books, like The Giving Tree. Today, let's talk about The Missing Piece.
There is a rather melancholy rendition on Youtube here. I'm not sure that I fully appreciated the melancholic tinge to Shel Silverstein in my childhood (and perhaps I still don't), and "the missing piece" could be any number of things- personal development, professional advancement, romantic entanglement, &c. So, what are you seeking? Or, what did you seek, and did you find it?
This DBD needs another image, and conveniently, this chart (Hi, AndBears!) reminds me of The Missing Piece:
And now, to the links!