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Monday, July 31, 2017

Foreign Friendship

Home
To a globe trotter, I am wed,
His in-ter-ests are quite widespread,
And so this rancher girl has found
That, with her man, she gets around.

Our travels started out quite slow,
To those who spoke as us, we’d go,
But soon he wanted more: To get,
Our foreign travel toe-sies wet.

And so to Rhodes. He booked us there,
A hotel ‘near the Old Town square’.
Online was in it’s infancy,
And still had glitches, as you’ll see.

So when we told the taxi man,
He frowned while loading up his van.
But drove us far away from town,
Then stopped and took our luggage down.

The inn was nice, as we supposed.
Just one thing wrong, the place was closed.
We pounded on the door, in hope
We’d raise someone to help us. Nope.

The taxi’d started moving: slow,
Something was wrong, he had to know.
We ran and flagged him. Me in tears.
This trip was feeding all my fears.

His white teeth showed in a wide grin,
He stopped and helped us climb back in.
Then gently told us not to fret.
“I’ll have you settled soon, I bet.”

To ‘his cousin’s’ place, he said he’d drive.
(I was simply glad to be alive.)
He drove us to the Phaedra then,
So we could somehow start again.

A man came out to greet us there,
All white of smile and dark of hair,
His arms were—to us—opened wide,
“Welcome home, friends! Come inside!”

The Phaedra proved a real God-send,
It’s owner, soon a trusted friend.
Ironically, it proved to be,
What we had sought originally.

We travel lots, my man and I.
We drive and sail and hike and fly.
Some people speak like us, and some
Use foreign words to get things done.

My fear is gone, I must admit,
Though, at first, it hampered. Quite a bit.
Cause I won’t forget (I can’t pretend),
The kindness of that first sweet friend.

It's Monday.
Poetry day!
Zip over to Delores and Jenny and see what their Monday is like!

12 comments:

  1. I do love that your poems always tell a story. Um.....what is our topic for next week????

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    1. Oooh! I forgot! Next week's topic is humour!

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  2. Love it. And am really looking forward to seeing what your fertile minds create next week.

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  3. I went to Rhodes also and met a taxi driver. My adventure did not turn out as well as yours.

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  4. I am glad that you are having lots of fun while traveling my friend!
    Hiking and flying are soul mending treatments
    Wishing you more fun

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  5. It's good to travel with someone who's enthusiastic and knowledgeable! Helps get over any bumps :) Great job on both the story and the poetry.

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    1. Enthusiasm, we have in buckets. The Knowledge...well, that's coming . . .

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  6. Great poetry and great story that it all worked out well! We booked a hotel in Paris and jet lagged we took a cab from the airport and our driver kept on asking were we sure and even offered to wait and take us some place else. We should have listened!

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