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Hometown Tourist


Melting into your trance

We scamper aboard

Eager passengers

In pursuit of surprise

Sweep us from the ordinary

Rivet our senses

Broaden our character

Unearth perspective anew

Many dream of traveling “someday…”

But life’s obligations intervene

Time and money earmarked for other things


Adventure beguiles daily

No pricey ticket or suitcase required

Come hither

Sidle up

To that well-grooved chair in the corner cafe

Throw your heart’s eyes open

Hone your gaze

Feast upon the flurry of everyday charm

Donning the inquisitive mindset of a

Hometown Tourist…

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47 thoughts on “Hometown Tourist

  1. A fine poem. Beautifully worded with carefully chosen expressions to tell a harsh truth, gently. Thank you!

    • What a sheer delight to hear from you, my Dearest Arjun! Indeed, I am often told how “lucky” I am to be able to travel the world at my whim…yet I have found that great treasures reside everywhere — if only I take the time to look… Thank you for the privilege of your kind visit.

      • Definitely, you are lucky. Travel makes for the most treasured memories. Alongside to experience joy in our surroundings, our family, people in our neighborhood, city we live in is bliss.

  2. this is so true … we just have to learn to see what is so often overlooked right in front of us. Great poem.

  3. Pam Schroeder on said:

    I just started reading your blog, it is very good and intriguing ! I too am a 34 year Flight Attendant from Chicago with a major airline. I can relate!!! Thank you for your writing!

    • Dearest Pam, I wish I was 34! 😜 Ha! Seriously, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking your precious time to read my blog. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a fabulous profession!!! xoxo

  4. Now that’s some beautiful wisdom my precious friend!

  5. Brilliant! Have a lovely weekend! S

  6. Eric on said:

    It is my Lady! I have been waiting for that lovely poem! πŸ™‚

  7. I love this on so many levels!! I do enjoy travel, but love my own state so much and always find unexplored areas — always a quaint little town with art galleries, a museum, or a unique bookstore. My little state (NJ) is so under-rated, if I never left it again I truly feel I wouldn’t be missing anything!

  8. balladofthebee on said:

    Travel certainly broadens the horizons. I’m itching to get back on a plane.

  9. Yay! Luggage Lady is back! Doing a little happy dance around the house. Beautiful, insightful, heartful poem, as always–thank you for the gentle and wise inspiration. Especially love “Melting into your trance/We scamper aboard…” and “Throw your heart’s eyes open….” I do look forward so much to your delicious, generous posts, LL. Hope you’re enjoying a gorgeous April, wherever you are. xoxo

    • Heart pounding wildly with the glee your kindness delivers! Sorry for my sporadic writing. My goal was to make it until June (one year!)with this blog. A crazy schedule is making that more challenging than I could have imagined. Thanks for patiently standing by! Happy April to you as well. XO

      • Oh, no! I never meant to suggest any pressure on you to write-I just enjoy the pleasure of reading your lovely work. Hope your crazy schedule settles down for you or that you’re at least getting some time to relax and refresh. Love to you

      • Insane schedule is self-induced! πŸ˜‰ I welcome (and need) the motivation — especially when it comes from sweet Chloe. Loving hugs of deepest appreciation, now and always…

  10. Fredrik Kayser on said:

    This one is lovely, LL. πŸ™‚
    Had a conversation about a similar topic with a friend recently, we spoke if the importance to break out of the daily routine and explore local possibilities instead of relying on a vacation / vacation weeks. He’ll want to read this one. ^^

    • Ah, Fredrik, (to tie into your recent blog post!) how swiftly you give me my smile back!!!!! YES, break out and enjoy life — everywhere and anywhere — and have a blast each step of the way, my dear friend! β™₯

  11. Beautiful post and reminder for me. I can open to discovery, and enjoyment here and now, and not wait for my grand travel adventures that I yearn for! Though I believe I will work toward a grand travel adventure too!
    thanks for your wisdom Shauna.

  12. Lovely! Enjoyed reading your poem. So true!

  13. Great to see you here, my friend! Thank YOU!!

  14. adventure is right around us! sooo very good !

  15. I am amazed by your strength and inspiring attitude. Thanks for letting me find you!

  16. Wonderful poem with a great idea! When we go to our local beach I always feel like I’m on holiday.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  17. You captured the everyday magic that many don’t/can’t see. Loved this; reminded me of these lines from the New York Dolls:

    “This life can seem so tragic
    until you see the magic.”

    best, mosk

  18. Thank you so much, Mosk! Indeed, perspective is a choice. If we just manage to choose correctly 😜, life can be consistently magical…

  19. Wish you were on my flight yesterday, that would have been a great conversation…I love your works here…I travel a lot and incorporate what I witness in a lot of my works.

  20. Thanks! Maybe one of these times I’ll have that fortune –I’ll keep an eye out for you… Your writing captivates me. What a thrill to find you!!

  21. A beautiful reminder that we all have things and treasures to discover close by in our daily environments! In fact, when we travel, we travel to someone else’s back yard…and I’m so happy we can learn so much about these “back yards” through our global community as bloggers. Thanks & XO

  22. Thanks, Tiny. So true! I’ve certainly enjoyed wandering through your intriguing back yard a time or two! πŸ™‚ β™₯

  23. Love words! Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! Cheers~ πŸ˜€

  24. Oops~ silly me….should be *lovely words! Cheers!

  25. Hi luggagelady. Hope your still enjoying your travelling. Thank you for liking my poem ‘ Mask’. Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet.

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