I read somewhere recently (probably Facebook, I’m ashamed to say) that the only thing you can buy that makes you richer is travel. It’s not true, but it’s still a good quote. (Travel does make you richer– not financially, of course. But buying stocks and bonds and gold mines and successful businesses will literally make you financially richer.)
Anyway, while not strictly factual, the quote does highlight the truth of travel’s value. And to a poet, travel is especially valuable.
I’ve posted about the poet’s need to gather words and phrases. Another commodity poets need to hoard is experience.
Poems are made of words– but those words are crafted together to recreate and give meaning to experiences, both the good and the bad.
Having said all that, a trip to Texarkana, Arkansas may not be what most people mean when they talk about travel making one rich.
But here I am. In Texarkana.
I’m here on a business trip, but I’m also hoping to gather impressions and ideas for a poem. So far, my rental car has been the most exciting part of the trip (they gave me a gorgeous, gunmetal gray Camaro).
Your assignment (and mine): next time you travel, take notes. What did you see? Hear? Taste? Touch? What did you think about? How did you feel? Choose the most vivid details and craft them into a poem. Make your readers feel as if they were right there with you.