Ode to a suitcase
Study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey: June-July 2010.
Semester-in-China: August 2010- December 2010.
CentreTerm, Vietnam: January 2011.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
to the intersection of east and west, then the ancient Orient did you go
Turkish scarves to Chinese silks
stories you can tell.
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
handle, bent and dented
caught in one too many crowded Shanghai fast-trains Wheels
etched from miles of ancient Byzantine tiles
zipper, stiff and stubborn
coated with dusty Mediterranean sea-salt
once purple fabric now sun-bleached and frayed
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
soy sauce, salt, and spicy chai
reminders of adventures come to pass
battered and bruised, a travel weary veteran
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
- Dr. Seuss