My Journey

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


  1. Exactly, Kate, and both were absolutely crucial to making you who you are. The travels enriched your curiosity and reinforced a more eclectic perspective, while home’s comforting familiarity allows you to develop kindness more fully. Both paths are vital and their meanderings brought you to a unique and nice place -“here.” This – kindness – is your home.

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  2. Home is where the heart and the familiar lie (sometimes we can take ‘it’ with us).
    Travel can be a wonder but returning to a known routine can also be a comfort ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Travelling can really be very interesting…it excites us as we learn different cultures and traditions..but at some point we have to stop….for reasons we cant avoid. And i am glad that you know when to stop…๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. […] and all it entails writing about me, a mere temporary speck seems so wrong. But here is a link to one of my earliest poemsโ€ฆ wrote it to record a vastly different life, a stepping stone to where I am now. A faded memory […]


  5. This poem is so good, Kate!! I love your message -travelling really does make you more open-minded and culturally aware, but it is your appreciation of your home and family that keeps you grounded. Amazing how you’ve been posting such great poetry since the beginning!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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