How to Vacation

For today’s prompt, write a travel poem. Your poem can be about the process of traveling, planning to travel, vicariously traveling through television programs, or however else you’d like to take this prompt.


How to Vacation

If you could eat that food at home
or watch that television program
from the comfort of your bed
why bother to move?

Enjoy the strange accents
and incomprehensible tongues.
Order the restaurant’s daily special
without knowing the ingredients.
Dance with the locals
without knowing the steps.
Stare at the skyscrapers
or the snow caps
or the horizon
beyond the ocean.

Do something you can’t.
Be someone you aren’t.
That’s how you vacation!

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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