Packing for a month long trip to Brazil (Poem-A-Day 2)

Packing for BrazilFor today’s prompt, write a voyage poem. In my case, we’ll be driving along the Gulf of Mexico, but a voyage can happen in a variety of ways–even on foot, or psychologically. Heck, the process of writing a poem is a sort of voyage all its own. Happy poeming!


Packing for a month long trip to Brazil

Passport: check.

Laptop: check.

Voltage converter: check.

Tickets: no, the airlines don’t issue card stock tickets with cryptic writing anymore.

Clothes: I don’t think I own a month’s worth that fit so I’ll pack what I have and trust a laundry can be found.

Companion: I don’t have one of these yet. I enjoy the freedom of eating when hungry, sleeping when tired and leaving when bored. Alone I can take unreasonable risks in the name of experience or do nothing in my hotel room and feel no guilt. Of course I miss the poetry of exploring foreign cities with a lady on my arm, puzzling over Portuguese menus and delighting in strange flavors together but my past high maintenance choices have left a preference for solitude. Wouldn’t it be nice to pack a companion and take her out when lonely?

Alas, the vuvuzela doesn’t fit in the suitcase either.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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