I love to travel. In the days when our kids were young, we took many a tent-camping vacation to state and national parks. We hiked in the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Denali, and the Tetons. In my job as director of a global MBA, I had the privilege of travelling to many countries around the world, experiencing wonderful cultures, and meeting with international alumni and corporate executives to create student internships. My passport is thick with stamps and visas including India, China, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Singapore, Bulgaria, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Morocco, England, Germany, and Hong Kong. Since rejuvenatement (never say retirement!) cruises have taken us to Russia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico. So many memories . . . so many wonderful experiences here in the U.S. and abroad.
For today’s prompt, I’m asking you to recall your vacations and/travel memories. Write a poem that takes us to a place where you’ve been. Describe a place, a culture, a person you met. Take us somewhere in your country, your city, or abroad. No one word to include this time – just be our travel guide! Your poem is our travelogue. Photo accompaniment encouraged!
Here’s a link to an amazing “travel poem” by Carl Sandburg that you might enjoy: Chicago. Trust me…….I can’t ever aspire to a poem as fantabulous as this – but it does inspire. Carl Sandburg was a masterful midwestern poet!
As always, please do observe the “rules of conduct” for dVerse – and for those of you new to dVerse, here’s what we hope everyone does:
- Write a “travelogue” poem, as the prompt suggests, and post it to your blog.
- Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem
- On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse: perhaps a statement at the end of the poem indicating this prompt and linking to dVerse. Others us dVerse as a tag as well. This enables more folks to view our prompts, and thus increases the readers of your poems too.
- If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dverse poets
- And most importantly, please do stop by to read responses to the prompt and add a short comment or reaction. Everyone likes to be appreciated! The prompt is “live” for several days – as you’ll notice by the comments you’ll receive – so do stop by several times, and read some of the latecomers too!
Happy to open the bar today — and isn’t cyberspace amazing? I’m sitting with my laptop in Provincetown, MA….listening to the gulls, the wind, and watching the low tide creeping back in.
Hoping you’ll all join me in today’s prompt — and take us to visit a place, a culture, some where you’ve been — even your home town!
Looking forward to travelling with all of you 🙂
Hi Lillian! I love PTown. Went up years ago with a bunch of gay men and had a ball. The island seems to be a delightful mix of artsy, fartsy, and everything in between. I took you all along with me to Pawley’s Island, SC from a trip a few years ago.
Great to see you here – shall mosey over to read your post in a minute or two. Yes – we’ve been coming to Ptown for about 18 years. Used to be in season – crazy here in the summer. But now enjoy 2 weeks in September – gorgeous weather and a bit more quiet.
I know I usually do the beach thing down here starting in October through to January. Love the ocean when it is cold weather and snowing. Somehow, people seem to forget the beach is open all year ’round.
We were here one year for New Year’s Eve and a few days after. The colors on the water and in the sky are quite different from the summer.
Yes, they are vry different. One reason I love going in the winter.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello friends, and here I’m sharing something from this summer… I think I might have the northernmost place in my poem
Not surprised my Scandinavian friend! Shall tAke a read in a minute.
Good evening Lillian. Toni and Björn! It’s hard to choose from the places I’ve been. I have some favourites, so I might be a while before I post!
Take your time. All good vacations take some planning😊. Look forward to traveling with you!
thank you Lillian for your prompt today! Perfect end to summer….like back in school: What I Did On My Summer Vacation….
I remember that “show and tell” in my very early grades…and what did you do Lillian this summer? Evidently when I was in kindergarten I shared that I went to a bar for beer with my parents!!! LOL
I’m off and away but will return later to read and enjoy. Y’all have fun!
Freya: what a beautiful memory you have shared. Thank you.
Marilyn Cavicchia said:
Hello Lillian and all … I wrote about a deeply awkward but formative time.
Thanks for joining in Marilyn! Will mosey over to read now….glad to have you with us today.
Hi Lill, hope you’re feeling better. Just stopping in to say hello. I hope to respond to the prompt a little later. Catching up on some quadrilles. Love the topic of travel as I think we can all relate, no matter how traveled we are. 🙂
Thanks, Mish. Yes — antibiotics seem to finally be kicking in. Thanks for asking. Look forward to seeing your post for this one 🙂 See you later then!
Thanks Lillian for hosting the round at the Pub. I used a photo, most of my digital travel pictures were lost when my computer crashed years ago.
Glad you’re joining in Brian. Will mosey over to read your post in a few minutes. I’m still smiling from your comment about being a bar code! 🙂
You only have to worry when they scan you as a clearance item!
I shall take you all to Lake Tahoe…
Making my round-trips with you all soon.
Cool prompt, Lill.<3
Have never been to Lake Tahoe so very much look forward to your post! Glad you like the prompt 🙂
Closing up the bar for the night……but not to worry……leaving a key under the mat so feel free to comment and post. I’ll be back with coffee in hand in the morn! 🙂 Wonderful posts thus far…..am enjoying my travels with all of you immensely! 🙂
Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa) said:
Late to the bar 🙂 hope you guys are having an amazing day so far, sharing my poem ‘voyageur’ hope you all like it. Thank you Lillian for the wonderful opportunity ❤ this one's for you!
Lots of love,
Glad to have you here, Sanaa. Getting my morning cup of coffee and just opening up the bar. Shall be over to read in just a few moments.
Bar is open this early morning — 6:40 in Provincetown at the very tip of Cape Cod. I missed the dawn, but the sun is beautifully moving up in the clowd and there is still a bit of pinkish cast on the ocean in her path. Tide is moving out now — but I can still hear the steady noise of her waves. Gulls are flying about but very quiet. The slight breeze is making the cloth canvas backing on our deck chairs move a bit. Not a cloud in the sky. A beautiful Ptown day is in the making! 🙂
I have bloody mary mix ready — I like it without the added vodka — and hot water for tea as well as strong coffee all ready for you folks. I’ll be in and out today — so hoping to do some more travelling with you! 🙂 Happy Wednesday all!
I love this prompt! I just missed the deadline, but I pinged back and if anyone is interested (and sees this), here is my response: https://blissobirds.com/2016/09/15/one-extended-moment-strangely-split/
Excited to read the other submissions!
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Better late than never Lilian – just missed Mr Linky but time and tide not on my side – even so could not resist this prompt – thank you
found this old poem, hope it’s OK 🙂