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!