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Arm Chair Traveler

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Arm Chair Traveler

Is it any wonder
that words plucked out of the air
cannot describe these common things?
Too often, heedless, what eyes
acknowledge as ordinary, is ours
to behold with brighter vision, a privilege to savor

The scenery surrounds every curve. Let us savor
each contrast, views that stab our wonder
grabbing our fervor.  An open road, and the world is ours!
This is a time of admiration, a breath of new air
that is stirred by beauty seen with new eyes.
Mountains, valleys, rivers, streams, wondrous things!

We who split devotion into two things
He who loves the highlands, or he whose passion may be a seaside savored.
Let our wheels and hearts take us far, where eyes
would spy a snow capped peak, where climbing trails would make one wonder
how the view must be from elevation, or how thin the air
How looking down upon the vast, an earth that's ours

Perhaps we'll see a mighty purple rise, while having our
first glimpse of the western sky.  While packing our things
let us not haste to travel on..let us linger, hold the vision, that takes air
from lungs, delay departure.  Savor
a picnic from the road, to dawdle, chat and wonder
where the next stop should find us, and what will feast our eyes

Where days are bright and the sun and breeze sting our eyes
Choosing to take the back road highways, our
wheels flying like wings over hills and valleys, and wonder
of all wonders....discovery delight in the smallest things,...
a seagull soaring above, a blue blue sky at his back, a sun to savor
Finding thrill from the damp foggy morning, or the sunshine and salty air

Perhaps a seaside village, so quaint and sweet, having an air
of vintage life. Or skycrapers meeting the modern day sky, which rise in amazement 
before eyes
The choices are unlimited, so much to savor
The choice to dream can be ours
There are no proper words to describe these things...
Is it any wonder?

A chance to breathe the air from a high mountain peak is ours 
A chance for eyes to feast on a wave or breeze of seaside things...
Close eyes, imagine them all, and be impelled to savor a world of wonder


...............................
For Carol Brown's contest...."It's Time For A Vacation"

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  1. Date: 5/3/2011 2:49:00 PM
    Wonderful poem Carrie, best of luck in the contest, I also go on many trips from my arm chair~~

  1. Date: 5/2/2011 11:22:00 AM
    a great piece you wrote, good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 5/2/2011 1:33:00 AM
    You sure got me thinking of how much we take things for granted-- love how you ended this and you are right-- I think the key word here is "savor"-- we sure better "save" those moments in mind, treasure them and just feel the moment-- there's so much to appreciate in this life, even if we are "arm chair travelers" -- love that title too! & heehee, thanks! don't be surprised if I take you up on your offer for a burger (or more!!) there in CA :) those in & out burgers sound soo yummy!! hugs :D

  1. Date: 5/1/2011 1:51:00 PM
    Thank you for your kind thoughts, Carrie. Could really use those prayers now. Too many health issues... Love you, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/30/2011 11:26:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your vacation theme work..Good luck in the contest..Reads like a winner to me..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 4/30/2011 8:30:00 AM
    Excellent, Carrie. It would also make a great entry for the "roam" contest -- that's what I thought it was for while reading it. From my armchair, I imagine many things and take mind journeys to exotic places I'll never see. Maybe we could both benefit from a real vacation. Been sick, hon, so sorry I haven't been able to read more. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/30/2011 5:42:00 AM
    This write just sucked me in dear poet ! I deffinately got lost in this creative write of yours...I felt the days of yore as if it were yesterday, traveling from state to state in awe of Gods great wonders ! TY for this beautiful trip Carrie ! Have a wonderful weekend...much love, james

  1. Date: 4/29/2011 9:20:00 PM
    your world of serenity makes me want to travel this way, carrie.. such dreamy, bouyant piece filled graceful images.. winning's best to you! :) huggs,nette