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Offline Dylan di Vilde

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To Broaden the Mind
« on: October 16, 2013, 05:13:46 AM »

Somebody asked my ambition today - To Travel the World I replied
- to map out a journey through numerous lands then strap myself in for the ride.
Often Iíve carefully plotted my route to some colourful far destination
yet Money and Time have obstructed my way, assisted by Procrastination.
And then thereís the matter of where I should go, for not least of the problems I face
is where to begin and what exclude - for the world is a Very Big Place.

Iíve narrowed it down with wide-ranging list of the grubbier bits Iíd leave out
 - places with horrible deadly disease, poverty, famine and drought.
Countries with earthquakes, poisonous spiders, dubious water supplies,
or long running, blood-letting civil unrest. And I do have a thing about flies.
I donít want to go where they chop off your hand just for taking your hat off in public
or throw you in prison for slighting the flag of their new found banana republic.
And then there are places where people are touchy and mayhem and slaughter are rife
where you find yourself chased by a man with a sword Ďcos you winked at his second best wife.

I donít want to go where they skulk in the shade Ďcos itís climbed to a hundred and twenty 
or you find yourself tailed by the secret police on the orders of Il Presidente.
And then, in some places, theyíre terribly strict - they donít even tolerate booze!
in others they get in terrible a huff if you donít want to take off your shoes.
And I may have to carry out prior research for, accepting these cultures are few,
Iím ruling out places whose native cuisine might be eyeballs or monkey brain stew.

And having to deal with death and disease they wonít want a fella like me
complaining the bed is a little too hard and they canít make a nice cup of tea,
questioning why thereís no Steak and Ale pie, demanding the pillows are changed
and why do they care what their Holy Man says when the fellow looks frankly deranged.
Theyíll probably think Iím a little too blunt and say Iím incredibly rude
when I tell them their country is backward and drab and I really canít stomach their food.

Iím guessing the lingo might get in the way but Iíd speak very slowly and shout.
And Iíd take myself off on a sightseeing spree for I like to get out and about
for most of these places have ruins and stuff and I honestly would love to see Ďem
but then I suppose all the noteworthy bits are now in the British Museum.
So I wonít need to trudge through the searing heat to some sand blown historical spot 
In London itís free, itís more handy for me and theyíve plenty of bits of old pot.

So I donít rightly know
just where I could go.

Perhaps I may roam
a bit closer to home -
some free-thinking state
where theyíre more up to date
where opinion does
say theyíre almost like us
with nothing too strange
in their cultural range 
with the straightforward grub
you might find in a pub
and, in spite of their language,
they can make a fair sandwich
(Öthough I doubt I would see
a good cup of tea.)

And at first I might praise
their quaint foreign ways
but doubts would arise
as I open my eyes
and then when Iíve realised
theyíre not very civilised
Iíll be sorry I went
and regret what Iíve spent.

My plans may unravel
but Iíd still like to travel
but Iíll go in the car
somewhereÖ. not very far.

Sweepings from the Factory Floor - New volume of poems available now at Ė

Offline Tom 10

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Re: To Broaden the Mind
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 06:15:08 PM »
Dylan I get the impression that much of the time its a rollicking good time being you.  At least that's what comes though in your writing.  i loved this piece. 8)

Offline Mark T

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Re: To Broaden the Mind
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013, 10:39:52 AM »

Excellent, like a giant limerick.Thanks for the read. Interestingly, the word travel comes from travail.

Offline bri h

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Re: To Broaden the Mind
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2013, 01:44:19 PM »
I echo-co-co the two comments above. But let me further say, I love your rhymes of language and sandwich. You do so well what I aspire to do. Well done (as usual). Bri.
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx

Offline 2par

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2013, 02:17:44 PM »
Alexander Pope and Maxwell Anderson would be dumbfounded. Excellent!