TRAVELLING LIGHT

 

I would have travelled light

but I like books too much,

would have travelled light

but like music way too much.

I would have travelled light

but I got bogged down in things

and they started piling up;

I saved and hoarded

and would not let go.

 

Things started to demand

attention and space

and I couldn’t bring myself

to discard what I had,

what the children had used

and played with, things

I used to listen to and read.

 

I would have travelled light

but it’s too late now.

My friend quite rightly said

if I threw everything away

I’d have got most of it back

again by tomorrow night;

I’m a magnet for stuff.

 

I would have travelled light

but it’s not my style,

would have travelled light

but then my world

would be empty and I

would only wonder

and stare off into space.

It would have been different

if only I’d travelled light.

 

 

 

© Rupert M Loydell

L’art: Claire Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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