Poem About Travelling: The Beautiful Experience of Travel and Lessons Learned

Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia
New friend, Made, in Ubud, Bali
New friend, Made, in Ubud, Bali
Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

A journey.

It doesn't really matter

If you get there

Or not.

It's what you see

Along the way,

The feelings inspired

When the landscape

And your soul

Entwine.

It's someone else's smile

Breaking the illusion

Of your own life,

Showing you that

Everything you used to think

Was neither right

Nor wrong.

Different foods

Tantalize your taste buds,

Smells, coloured markets

Pitched on dusty ground

Where no one laid a path -

The lack of which

Means feet can walk

Anyway they want to.

Dreams spill from the roofs

Of shanty towns.

Ambitions -

Not trampled down, but blooming

Like a snow-white rose

In smog.

Somebody greets you

And plays you a tune

On a beaten-up guitar.

It's the best you've heard

All year.

Life only needs the simplest things

To sparkle like diamonds,

No matter where you are

Or what your name is.

Remote village on mountainside, Bali, Indonesia
Remote village on mountainside, Bali, Indonesia
Old woman, Indonesia
Old woman, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia
Beautiful sunset
Beautiful sunset

Suddenly I realise

I don't know where I belong -

Everywhere and nowhere,

All at once.

After all,

Laughter is the same

The world over.

The giggle of a child

With wide-open eyes,

A game of hide-and-seek

Outside,

The touch of a parent,

The knowing smile

Of an old woman

With lines

Like a map of life.

No need for fame, riches

Or acknowledgement

To make her days worthwhile.

Why is she happy

With her tiny lot?

Perhaps she knows far more

Than me.


Berber family, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Berber family, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Inside a Berber house - this area is used for both sitting and sleeping, by the whole family
Inside a Berber house - this area is used for both sitting and sleeping, by the whole family
Morocco
Morocco
Girl selling fans, Bali, Indonesia
Girl selling fans, Bali, Indonesia
New friends, Turkey
New friends, Turkey
 Friends in Pamukkale Village, Turkey
Friends in Pamukkale Village, Turkey
Child on a bike, Marrakech, Morocco
Child on a bike, Marrakech, Morocco
Mount Batur Volcano, Bali, Indonesia
Mount Batur Volcano, Bali, Indonesia
Man with camels, Turkey
Man with camels, Turkey

Perhaps success is

The ultimate illusion,

Coming not from

Climbing ladders

But from staring at the

Pink sky at dusk

And seeing beauty.

Is it reached by

Chasing dreams,

Or from feeling love

Inside our own hearts,

Beating within us,

Following us

Wherever we go?

Or is it simply knowing

Who we really are,

Underneath the clothes,

Salon-styled hair,

The shoes with names on?

We could sit alone,

Beneath the roof of a house

With carpets and comfort

And watch TV -

Or how about we play cards

And drink Raki

Under Turkish stars,

With new friends

Who stopped to say 'hello'?

Two men play Backgammon

On the pavement,

As scooters whizz by.

What a lovely way

To spend a day.

Time-wasting is relative -

Children do it all the time,

Or so we think.

Maybe the truth is

The other way round.

Life is not as long

As we once believed.

Might as well spend it

Doing what we love.

A lady from Israel

Once said to me

'How nice to see your child

On the train,

Seeing people; seeing life;

Not cooped up

With just a car window

Watching it all go by.'

And there is so much to see,

In this world of ours.

Sometimes, we have to take

Our blinkers off

And open our eyes

Just a little bit more,

See the quiet beauty of nature;

Feel the strength of a mountain;

Sense the formidable power of a volcano -

If only to make ourselves feel small

And insignificant.

And as we tread our path we learn

That every encounter,

No matter how fleeting,

Can teach us something

About ourselves.

Life might seem complex

But can really be quite simple -

Sometimes all we need to

Feel happy

Is the beauty of a Bougainvillea tree

In bloom.


Stunning Bougainvillea tree, Island of Hvar, Croatia
Stunning Bougainvillea tree, Island of Hvar, Croatia
Family compound in Ubud, Bali - the boys at the back are carving wooden statues to sell.
Family compound in Ubud, Bali - the boys at the back are carving wooden statues to sell.
Berber children, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Berber children, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco
Morocco
Road out of Marrakech
Road out of Marrakech
Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia
Hindu prayers, Mother Temple, Bali
Hindu prayers, Mother Temple, Bali
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Paddy fields, Bali
Paddy fields, Bali
Djemma El Fna, Marrakech
Djemma El Fna, Marrakech
Indonesia
Indonesia

All images are the author's own work

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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California

The world is a place full of wondrous beauty, the only way to find it is to go out in to it. A lovely expression of its treasures, and such wonderful photos. Voted up, beautiful and interesting


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Polly C 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi K. Burns Darling, thank you for your lovely comment. Indeed, the world is full of beauty and to travel and see different places, if the opportunity arises,is to me one of the best things one can do.

The photos are not perfect, I took most of them between 1995 - 1999, which was before I got my first digital camera. Hence, picture quality has improved greatly since then but I wanted all my images to be from my own 'journey'.

Thanks for stopping by and reading :)


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Leaderofmany 4 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

What a beautiful place, the poem was awesome. I so agree agree we just need to open our eyes so see the beauty.


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Polly C 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Leaderofmany - thank you for your lovely comments. I love travelling, there is so much to see and discover in this world of ours. However, I also believe we can see beauty anywhere, if we keep our eyes and hearts open. Thanks for stopping by and reading :)


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calomarketing 4 years ago from El Paso, TX

I liked this especially:

"The knowing smile

Of an old woman

With lines

Like a map of life."

...and great pics! Thanks for sharing!


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Polly C 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you, calomarketing, I'm glad you liked it and I appreciate you dropping by:)


atlasandsaharatours 4 years ago

It's an amazing experience in Morocco, great article keep going Polly, hope to meet you in the future for your next visit.


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Polly C 4 years ago from UK Author

Thankyou, atlasandsaharatours, Morocco is indeed an amazing experience and I'm glad you liked my hub:)


tyler 3 years ago

is it acclaimed?


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qualatrice 3 years ago from South Carolina

I enjoyed reading your post. It is so true. Sometimes we do have to take chances and see what is out there in the world and explore instead of letting the days pass us by. Love It!


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Polly C 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi qualatrice, thank you for reading, I'm really happy you enjoyed it. I love travelling and experiencing other parts of the world and other cultures, although rather less frequently since having a family! Most of all, I love that it can bring a new perspective to life. Best wishes :)


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Polly C 3 years ago from UK Author

Thank you, Samita :)

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