Will travel ever be the same again?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you dream of escaping from this lockdown and flying off somewhere exotic?

We don’t know how long holidays will be on hold. Or, for that matter, how longed for holidays will be on hold.

Will travelling ever be the same again? Nowadays even the idea of a trip to Calais seems exciting!

Richard Branson has been warning us that Virgin Atlantic might go bust. And EasyJet might not be so easy in the future.

I have written some of my best poems when travelling. On our last plane journey I wrote this poem, “Wonderland”.

You will see that the poem changes direction halfway through. It is what’s called a mirror or specular poem. Let me know if you like it.

Wonderland

Outside the plane

The clouds are like snow drifts

I think I could walk out there

Tiptoeing on the clouds

Floating gently away

Like a dragonfly over a pond

I am floating

The clouds part

And I view the shimmering sea

As we start our downward drop

Out of the clouds

Out of the other world

And back to reality

Like Alice

Going through the mirror

Out of Wonderland

 

Out of Wonderland

Going through the mirror

Like Alice

And back to reality

Out of the other world

Out of the clouds

As we start our downward drop

And I view the shimmering sea

The clouds part

I am floating

Like a dragonfly over a pond

Floating gently away

Tiptoeing on the clouds

I think I could walk out there

The clouds are like snow drifts

Outside the plane

 

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to have my poetry published.  Yes, my poems have been published in journals and broadcast but there is nothing like seeing them all together in print.  I’m not getting any younger and I wanted to leave something behind me. Not just a pile of loose papers that would probably be binned by anyone clearing out my things.  So last December I took it upon myself to get my poetry published.  I took my poems along to a local printer and told him what I wanted and was very pleased with the result.  The book is called Wonderland and the photo of clouds on the front cover was taken by me from that plane.

Once this lockdown is over I hope to get my poetry book into the independent bookshops.  In the meantime, if you would like your own personal signed copy, please let me know by commenting below or messaging me on Facebook. The cost is £6.50 including postage within the UK. I will be donating 50% of any money I receive to the NHS Charities Appeal.

Thank you for reading my blog. Stay well. Stay safe. See you tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Will travel ever be the same again?

  1. Hi Andrea
    I just read your blog and really enjoyed it – as is the norm! You manage to paint the scene vividly and the anecdotes work extremely well too. The scene with the silent table is excruciating – oh, oh! Also the fond farewell from the lady owner – and she probably meant it, too.
    Our honeymoon (25 yrs ago this May) wasn’t great either. Amsterdam. Dingy room with single window facing…no, not the canal, the liftshaft(?), unseasonably cold weather, both suffering from exhaustion and other ailments, and only 4 days long (well, maybe that was a Godsend?).
    Re food deliveries…we had a great meal on my birthday (actually, the following day) a couple of weeks ago. From Cote restaurant. £50 for 4 of us, mains, sides and dessert. If it’s a special occasion, I’d order it a day early and cook it the next day (our food arrived at 7.30, so we had cooked something from the freezer instead).
    See you next week!
    Mike
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