Touring as a tourist
You can only get so far.
The guidebooks give the highlights
So you know just where they are.
But if you have a cousin
Who's a local, as do I,
You get to see the city
From a real insider's eye.
The neighborhoods, so varied,
Every hill and all the views,
Presented on a platter
I could patiently peruse.
The ocean with its fury
And the fog around the bay,
Seen with someone who resides there
Leave impressions that will stay.
Though I've traveled lots of cities
With just books to be my guide,
It's a privilege to have access
To an eye that sees inside.