Sunday, November 1, 2020


Word Pantry #44. Words and phrases borrowed 
from song lyrics, poems, idioms and maybe an 
original thought tumbling into my head in a 
midnight epiphany. Must be because, like 
everyone, I'd like to escape from politics and 
Covid.  I hope to take my own advice!
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United 
 November 1, 2020

So, you’re
leaving on a jet plane
a fast train to nowhere
a slow boat to China
no matter the fare

buying a ticket to happy
in some Valhalla afar
you haven’t learned the lesson yet
wherever you go. there you are

the bird of time is on the wing
it’s time you read the script
the joy is in the journey
sit back and enjoy the trip


  1. Sound advice, craftily captured, amplified and re-delivered, Beverly.

    1. Thanks, Ron. Sometimes I feel my poems are so predictable (sigh).

  2. I recognize some of those songs--what fun!

  3. You are not alone, in your wanting to avoid the madness (and the horror) that is the news. And you do it in a creatively healthy way, which you share--you rock, Bev! And I completely agree, "the joy is in the journey".

  4. This is a really fun poem! It's nice to recognize some of the phrases too.

  5. Leaving on a jet plane ... the first piece I learned on my guitar (years ago) and now sadly there is no place to run. Nice poem, Bev.

  6. Ha, a lovely remixing of the well-known phrases and advice. Hard, sometimes, to enjoy the trip when traversing such grim-looking spaces. But I know you know that there are still stars and sunsets, trees and flowers: those small, vast things.

  7. This is fun :) I almost sang Leaving on a jet plane. Sometimes, or maybe most of the time I neglect to read the script. Glad there's a trip to enjoy.

  8. Thinking is the best way to travel, said the Moody Blues. Great line here: wherever you go. there you are.

  9. You've done a wonderful job with borrowed words and phrases, Bev. Your playful poem made me smile; a great way to start my morning. Thank you. :)

  10. great response to the prompt.
    add some music and there's a catchy song!

  11. We have many pockets of turbulence on this journey currently...regardless, I like your post, Bev. :)