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Poem About Travelling: The Beautiful Experience of Travel and Lessons Learned

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

New friend, Made, in Ubud, Bali

New friend, Made, in Ubud, Bali

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

A journey.

It doesn't really matter

If you get there

Or not.

It's what you see

Along the way,

The feelings inspired

When the landscape

And your soul

Entwine.

It's someone else's smile

Breaking the illusion

Of your own life,

Showing you that

Everything you used to think

Was neither right

Nor wrong.

Different foods

Tantalize your taste buds,

Smells, coloured markets

Pitched on dusty ground

Where no one laid a path -

The lack of which

Means feet can walk

Anyway they want to.

Dreams spill from the roofs

Of shanty towns.

Ambitions -

Not trampled down, but blooming

Like a snow-white rose

In smog.

Somebody greets you

And plays you a tune

On a beaten-up guitar.

It's the best you've heard

All year.

Life only needs the simplest things

To sparkle like diamonds,

No matter where you are

Or what your name is.

Remote village on mountainside, Bali, Indonesia

Remote village on mountainside, Bali, Indonesia

Old woman, Indonesia

Old woman, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset

Suddenly I realise

I don't know where I belong -

Everywhere and nowhere,

All at once.

After all,

Laughter is the same

The world over.

The giggle of a child

With wide-open eyes,

A game of hide-and-seek

Outside,

The touch of a parent,

The knowing smile

Of an old woman

With lines

Like a map of life.

No need for fame, riches

Or acknowledgement

To make her days worthwhile.

Why is she happy

With her tiny lot?

Perhaps she knows far more

Than me.


Berber family, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Berber family, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Inside a Berber house - this area is used for both sitting and sleeping, by the whole family

Inside a Berber house - this area is used for both sitting and sleeping, by the whole family

Morocco

Morocco

Girl selling fans, Bali, Indonesia

Girl selling fans, Bali, Indonesia

New friends, Turkey

New friends, Turkey

 Friends in Pamukkale Village, Turkey

Friends in Pamukkale Village, Turkey

Child on a bike, Marrakech, Morocco

Child on a bike, Marrakech, Morocco

Mount Batur Volcano, Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur Volcano, Bali, Indonesia

Man with camels, Turkey

Man with camels, Turkey

Perhaps success is

The ultimate illusion,

Coming not from

Climbing ladders

But from staring at the

Pink sky at dusk

And seeing beauty.

Is it reached by

Chasing dreams,

Or from feeling love

Inside our own hearts,

Beating within us,

Following us

Wherever we go?

Or is it simply knowing

Who we really are,

Underneath the clothes,

Salon-styled hair,

The shoes with names on?

We could sit alone,

Beneath the roof of a house

With carpets and comfort

And watch TV -

Or how about we play cards

And drink Raki

Under Turkish stars,

With new friends

Who stopped to say 'hello'?

Two men play Backgammon

On the pavement,

As scooters whizz by.

What a lovely way

To spend a day.

Time-wasting is relative -

Children do it all the time,

Or so we think.

Maybe the truth is

The other way round.

Life is not as long

As we once believed.

Might as well spend it

Doing what we love.

A lady from Israel

Once said to me

'How nice to see your child

On the train,

Seeing people; seeing life;

Not cooped up

With just a car window

Watching it all go by.'

And there is so much to see,

In this world of ours.

Sometimes, we have to take

Our blinkers off

And open our eyes

Just a little bit more,

See the quiet beauty of nature;

Feel the strength of a mountain;

Sense the formidable power of a volcano -

If only to make ourselves feel small

And insignificant.

And as we tread our path we learn

That every encounter,

No matter how fleeting,

Can teach us something

About ourselves.

Life might seem complex

But can really be quite simple -

Sometimes all we need to

Feel happy

Is the beauty of a Bougainvillea tree

In bloom.


Stunning Bougainvillea tree, Island of Hvar, Croatia

Stunning Bougainvillea tree, Island of Hvar, Croatia

Family compound in Ubud, Bali - the boys at the back are carving wooden statues to sell.

Family compound in Ubud, Bali - the boys at the back are carving wooden statues to sell.

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Berber children, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Berber children, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Morocco

Morocco

Road out of Marrakech

Road out of Marrakech

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Hindu prayers, Mother Temple, Bali

Hindu prayers, Mother Temple, Bali

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Paddy fields, Bali

Paddy fields, Bali

Djemma El Fna, Marrakech

Djemma El Fna, Marrakech

Indonesia

Indonesia

All images are the author's own work

Comments

Polly C (author) from UK on October 15, 2013:

Thank you, Samita :)

Polly C (author) from UK on September 10, 2013:

Hi qualatrice, thank you for reading, I'm really happy you enjoyed it. I love travelling and experiencing other parts of the world and other cultures, although rather less frequently since having a family! Most of all, I love that it can bring a new perspective to life. Best wishes :)

Qualatrice from South Carolina on September 10, 2013:

I enjoyed reading your post. It is so true. Sometimes we do have to take chances and see what is out there in the world and explore instead of letting the days pass us by. Love It!

tyler on January 30, 2013:

is it acclaimed?

Polly C (author) from UK on August 13, 2012:

Thankyou, atlasandsaharatours, Morocco is indeed an amazing experience and I'm glad you liked my hub:)

atlasandsaharatours on August 11, 2012:

It's an amazing experience in Morocco, great article keep going Polly, hope to meet you in the future for your next visit.

Polly C (author) from UK on April 29, 2012:

Thank you, calomarketing, I'm glad you liked it and I appreciate you dropping by:)

Daniel Cavazos from El Paso, TX on April 28, 2012:

I liked this especially:

"The knowing smile

Of an old woman

With lines

Like a map of life."

...and great pics! Thanks for sharing!

Polly C (author) from UK on February 08, 2012:

Hi Leaderofmany - thank you for your lovely comments. I love travelling, there is so much to see and discover in this world of ours. However, I also believe we can see beauty anywhere, if we keep our eyes and hearts open. Thanks for stopping by and reading :)

Leaderofmany from Back Home in Indiana on February 07, 2012:

What a beautiful place, the poem was awesome. I so agree agree we just need to open our eyes so see the beauty.

Polly C (author) from UK on January 24, 2012:

Hi K. Burns Darling, thank you for your lovely comment. Indeed, the world is full of beauty and to travel and see different places, if the opportunity arises,is to me one of the best things one can do.

The photos are not perfect, I took most of them between 1995 - 1999, which was before I got my first digital camera. Hence, picture quality has improved greatly since then but I wanted all my images to be from my own 'journey'.

Thanks for stopping by and reading :)

Kristen Burns-Darling from Orange County, California on January 24, 2012:

The world is a place full of wondrous beauty, the only way to find it is to go out in to it. A lovely expression of its treasures, and such wonderful photos. Voted up, beautiful and interesting

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