What a Trip

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This is a true story of a time when I was in my younger years. I had moved out to California with a buddy of mine. To make a long story short, we had met some people that we became pretty close to while we spent a year there away from our homes in New Jersey. We were the adventurous type of kids as we did a lot of hitch-hiking all over the place. When we came back from California we decided to go camping and to hitch a ride up to the mountains in Pennsylvania which was a few hours away from where we lived. We were thumbing on this back street that had very little traffic and someone passed us by in a Winnebago. Shortly after passing us they did a u-turn and came back to pick us up and to give us a ride. Well, it turns out that the people who picked us up were actually two of the performers in the play that we worked at in California. It's a 3000 mile journey from N.J. to Ca. So it was a trip to see these people. They actually were heading back to California because they had just came back from New York where they were married. Unfortunately for us, they couldn't give us a ride because they were heading west and we were heading east. But it was great to see them. I have never seen them again.


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I left my home when I was twenty one 
And I left my folks behind 
A friend and I left for the west 
To see what we could find 

I found a job working the spotlights 
In this well-known musical play 
Way out in California 
Three thousand miles away

My friend Mark was in the show 
Because he sang very well 
I tried to sing but I was awful 
And gees, everyone could tell
 
We knew the cast very well 
And we knew all their names 
The two of whom we knew the best 
Were Mary-Lou and James
 
When the show stopped playing and it was over 
Mark and I went back home 
I wanted to tell this unbelievable story 
So I wrote this little poem
 
When we got back to New Jersey
Hitch hiking we would go 
Someone saw us with our thumbs 
And drove up to us slow

They drove a Winnebago 
With "Just Married" on the back 
When they opened the door to let us in 
We nearly had a heart attack
 
You won't believe who picked us up 
Two people whom we knew
It was two singers from the cast 
It was James and Mary-Lou

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 4/8/2018 9:20:00 PM
I tried to sing but I was awful And gees, everyone could tell I am still laughing - rolling on the floor, clutching my gut laughing, because you have just described me too, and if there is anything I love to watch, it is a singing show. You my dear have somehow created a very fun narrative rhyming poem. No one does that! It's too hard! And yet, here we are. WOW!
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charles messina
Date: 4/9/2018 5:47:00 AM
Hi Caren, I am an awful singer..lol I love putting humor in my poetry as I usually do. Most of what I write has a true story behind it. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my poetry. I guess we both spent the money our parents gave to us for singing lessons (lol) All the best dear...Charlie
Date: 4/8/2018 2:11:00 PM
Just incredible, Charles!! I love it. What a beautiful story and great poem! A FAV for sure. Interesting life I bet you've led. I also wrote a poem a while back called "What a Trip".
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Date: 4/8/2018 2:50:00 PM
Hi again, I have lived a very interesting life. I will certainly read some more of your poetry esp. "What a Trip" Thanks again for your beautiful words...Charlie
Date: 4/8/2018 1:09:00 PM
Is this real...It has a soul feeling in its words... Happy Sunday Charles...
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charles messina
Date: 4/8/2018 1:35:00 PM
Yes Arturo, this is real lol.. Happy Sunday my friend.
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Date: 4/8/2018 1:35:00 PM
Yes Arturo, this is real lol.. Happy Sunday my friend.