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Patricia Williams


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Travel’s a fool’s paradise, so said Ralph Waldo Emerson:
A fool thinks he’ll alter his life with a trip to Paris, Bangkok
or other exotic else, but finds, when op’ning his luggage,
he’s still brought alonghimself.
A warning to trekkers aboutfar-offtravel, comes from
Henry David Thoreau:It’s not worth the while, to go
'round the world, to count cats in Zanzibar . . .
most meaningful journeys occurwithout ever leaving home;
no need to change the landscape, better instead, he said,
to change the soul.

byPatricia Williams.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Patricia Williams retired from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point after 27 years of teaching design and culture. Her specialty was Chinese culture which, in their stylistic approach, some of her poems reflect. She writes in a variety of genres and has had work published in both online and print journals in the U.S. and England. Patricia lives in the countryside with her husband and is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.


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jtmilford:
Very true and very well stated. I leave home to not count cats.(all five)
Posted 05/13/2014 08:05 PM
Jo:
Exactly. So glad you put these words into your poem.
Posted 05/13/2014 02:13 PM
hujsaked@aol.com:
Nicely expressed. And yet, one can travel everywhere, in the pages of a book, before the fireplace. Ed Hujsak
Posted 05/13/2014 12:35 PM
Verse lover:
How true - Thanks for penning it. If you write in sonnet form, I invite you to check out grsf.org/sonnet
Posted 05/13/2014 11:27 AM
paradea:
I like this a lot!!
Posted 05/13/2014 09:06 AM
Cindy:
yes yes yes
Posted 05/13/2014 08:37 AM
Katrina:
Great!
Posted 05/13/2014 07:58 AM
Gary Busha:
No matter where you go, dogs run barefoot. But travel can benefit one, I guess. I liked this one.
Posted 05/13/2014 06:07 AM
erinsnana:
I love this! I usually travel alone, and I've been to Paris three times over the years. But, she is right: I open my suitcase and there I am, croissants notwithstanding!
Posted 05/13/2014 03:35 AM
Dorcas:
Absolutely wonderful. My feelings exactly. I play hermitage frequently.
Posted 05/12/2014 11:12 PM


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