thought I’d buy a world map
mark out places I’ve back packed
seems like a distant dream
so many places I have seen
was part of the overland team
vast reservoir of memories to tap

yet somewhere along the way
my thoughts would often stray
to friends and a sunburnt outback
new adventures did distract
but poverty and wars had a strong impact
travel credentials might be okay …

felt like map hopping could
be put aside. For I wished to abide
with familiar things each day
where friends and weather were okay
where I might earn a reasonable pay

Writing 201: Poetry 5: Map, Ode, Metaphor