I amTreasure_Island-Scribner's-1911

. . . on a trek across the sea
with young Jim Hawkins
and a mutinous crew.

. . . in a quickening garden
with Mary and Dickon and
Colin and a baby lamb.

. . . in a balloon flying (among other
things) around the world with PhileasAlice_in_Wonderland_by_Arthur_Rackham_-_05_-_Advice_from_a_Caterpillar
Fogg and Passepartout.

. . . down a rabbit hole with
Alice, being introduced to a
Hookah-smoking caterpillar.

. . . in India facing down a tiger
and skinny dipping with a bear
and with my friend Mowgli.

. . . trekking down a narrow trailBrighty of the Grand Canyon
atop a burro named Brighty, trying
not to get sea-sick or saddle-sore.

It may just be that I have been
far more widely traveled than any
who’ve never read a book.*


*In order, this poem refers to “Treasure Island” by Robert Lewis Stevenson; “A Secret Garden” by Frances Hodges Burnett; “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne; “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll; “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling; and “Brighty of the Grand Canyon” by Marguerite Henry.

This poem was written for Poetic Asides November poem-a-day challenge; prompt-Exploration.


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