Far too many years I travelled here and there
fascinated by different cultures and faire
I mingled and met
colorful characters and the odd pet

Yet experience indicates that external conditions
don’t necessarily improve our own dispositions
True happiness and satisfaction come from deep within
Not stopping to reflect is a real sin …

So travel the world
but beware what may be unfurled
Connect with your inner wealth
it’s the key to resilience and real health!

Worldly matters are just another distraction
splintering and causing internal infraction
Pause a moment, quiet your mind
peace, calm and satisfaction you can find!

For the real journey is to know our selves
to find purpose and meaning in life
mindful that we don’t cause others strife.
Be aware to have kind interactions

For this inner odyssey we don’t need funds
visas, passports or planes
luggage, buses or trains
Join me if you dare on this powerful self-exploration!

poetry| 101 | rehab | odyssey

Daily Prompt:  Pause 


  1. Excellent, Kate!
    The inner-journey is most difficult…scary…one we should never run away from.
    It is worth the effort and emotions and makes all the outer-journeys even more enjoyable and memorable.
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  2. I agree. I’ve done my share of travel but now find I am deeply involved in an inner journey of exploration and self knowledge.

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  3. This an odyssey that’s hard to follow, to go against the grain of what is expected of us. It’s made harder by the the expectations and judgments of others not that they matter but they like to make sure they’re heard.
    To follow tis would be awesome 🙂

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  4. ‘For the real journey is to know our selves
    to find purpose and meaning in life’

    How on earth do you come up with lines such as these!!
    It’s beautiful. Life is a journey of self-discovery.

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  5. To be totally honest, I’m not much of a poetry reader, but love the message in this. That “true happiness and satisfaction come from deep within.” Even though “external conditions” are a wonderful thing, the real journey is found inside of us. A great post. Thanks Kate.

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  6. So true Kate, these past years I have made a conscious effort to create a life I don’t need to escape from via holidays, and yes it starts within and is ultimately a much more difficult and effort-involving journey than a quick holiday fix.
    have a great new year,

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