Friday, August 8, 2014

As I Pack for Eight Days in Costa Rica

By  Judy Brook

I wonder about Marco Polo
and his twenty-four year trip to China.
How many suitcases did he take?
How did he pack without plastic bags?
How did he do it without a charge card
a list of phrases in different languages
wash and wear shirts
trip insurance
an itinerary
a passport
a map?

Did he take a good novel to read at night
an outfit and shoes for dressing up
a good sun-blocking hat
bug repellent?

Did he find someone to feed the cat?

This poem was Honorable Mention for the 2012 Marion Gleason Memorial Award  
from the Poetry Society of Vermont.

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