Life is a journey, so we are told. There are some trips we are more reluctant to take than others, and one we can only put off for so long. However much we protest, it is a package deal.This, then, is the
It’s a little like leaving,
saying good-bye to the body you knew
as though you are standing on the deck
of a steamer, straining to see
that one familiar face on the dock.
It looks smaller now
as the ships slips out of its berth.
You didn’t book this trip.
Complaints pile up like letters on a desk
or messages from shore.
Send yourself a postcard.
Sign it with love.
JK Stangeland
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15 Responses to Itinerary

  1. Gayle says:

    Yes, yes, yes!  To whim (freudian? I meant to whom) do I send my complaint letter?
    p.s. I am having fun!

  2. K says:

    a package deal… perfect balance I guess… perfection within imperfection!
    Have a great week Jorge!

  3. PJ says:

    Good Afternoon Jorge,
    This is so amazingly true. I liked this a lot.
    Thank you for your continued visits and comments. They are always a pleasure to read. Did you realize that you bring smiles to people??
    Until next time…Keep smiling.
    P.S. MSN is aggrevating me to pieces. I may have the settings wrong on my computer? I am on broadband now, as before , I was on dial up. Oh well, perhaps one of these days I shall figure this all out.

  4. Jaime Campbell says:

    When I started this, I thought you were about to say goodbye!  I got very sad!  Seems like so many people are going through transitions, breaks, ending their blogs…Whew!!!!!!  I\’m so glad that you weren\’t saying that!
    Okay, love this poem.  Has he died?  The person in the poem?
    How are you?  What\’s new? 
    Love to you.

  5. Renee says:

    Just stopping by and catching up…I loved the entry about the hospitol. It is such a waste ….
    We are moving back to Texas the end of June…we will probably see some of the devastation first hand on our way…

  6. Pamela says:

    Love it…!!
    I get that in the mail right now…
    Hope you are well.

  7. PJ says:

    Hi Jorge,
    Just doiing a bit of blog strolling and thought I\’d stop by and say hello.
    Hope things are grand for you.
    Until next time….Keep smiling.

  8. Aafrica says:

    oh that\’s beautiful!

    whenever i\’m up against a deadline, i ask myself how i get into this to begin with? it\’s always good to know i\’m not the only one who feels this way from time to time.

  9. Jill says:

    Dear Jorge,
    Certainly there are many journeys that I try to put off and am reluctant to take. The journey of life is one I like. But you are right it is a package deal. One thing I notice is that  the better I get, the worse things look around me. It\’s like when you clean one part of the room, the parts that are still dirty look much worse than before.
    The journeys I hate in life are those of "trámites". In Costa Rica this is the most tedious, unsavory activity available to mankind. "Trámites" are the government requisites you must carry out in order to get something you need…like your driver\’s license, a certification, etc. etc. It\’s unbearable. Lines…lines…lines…waiting…come back later…come back in two weeks…no service…the system is down…etc. etc. So when it comes time to have to jouney out of my house to do a "trámite" you can bet I\’ll be in a reluctant, putting off mood.
    There\’s more to discuss about the medical field and what illnesses are all about! It is one of my favorite themes. Some day I\’ll propose another idea for you.

  10. Joe says:

    Hey J,
    It\’s like I said before.  Poets starve to death, but like any artist, it was the act of creativity that kept them alive until starvation.  But there is reward, there will someday come a time when someone looks at the piece of art (or poem) and it is fully appreciated; post mortem generally.
    I was in the Pasadena area with my wife (I\’m from the north state & she the south).  We went to the Norton Simon museum.  She is intensely negotiating for them to produce a print of "harmony in Yellow" (Henri Mitisse).  The curator didn\’t like the way the reproductions were coming out.  We wait (at  least I) patiently.  Search the internet & you can probably find a "cheap" reproduction.  This woman I love will go to the poor-house with me.
    — Joe

  11. Danilee says:

    The poem is beautiful. Life is a journey, a road everyone must take. We all go to the mountain tops, then fall deep into the valleys. Most people wonder what their purpose is in life, other then to laugh, cry, and live. I know mine. But that does NOT make my life any easier.
    lol…sorry for the rant. I\’m tired, and nervous for the day to come. Like in anticipation, I go around a bend in the road of life, not really knowing what\’s going to happen…
    well, your awesome! Have a wonderful day!

  12. Charlotte says:

    Very cool poem… hugs, lottiemae

  13. Kathryn says:

    I see your post below, and will have to read – since my hb is from N\’awlins — and i lived in So La for 38 years……
    thanks for your well-wishes – for my neighbor\’s tragedy – sad sad thing there

  14. Joe says:

    Okay, I don\’t have any Strangeland on my bookshelf.  Google search yielded nothing of value.   Is this your "nom de plume"?
    Wishing the best of life,

  15. the1stephzen says:

    Very interesting poem.
    How have you been?  I hope all is well.

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