Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

An Ideal Travelling Companion - Poem by Alison Cassidy

I think
travelling with Kep
would be rather fun.

For one thing,
he doesn't make lists.
(I loathe lists!)
For another,
he doesn't panic,
even if we're running late.

He's also really nice,
with a Pooh Bear sort of humour,
and he listens,
even when he's not really interested.

Of course, he listens mostly
because he IS interested,
REALLY interested
in all sorts of things.

Like keys for instance -
'Mum, which key do you like best,
F major of D major? '

And capitals -
'Dad, what's the capital of Ecuador? '
(he used to collect capitals like some people collect stamps.)

And silly names -
'Dan, would you like to be called
Lady Lavinia Dunfunkin Trumpet? '
(Poor mum was called Enid, which she hated)

She adored Keppel.
Used to take him for 'drives'
when he was small.
'Dan, let's go for a drive down this road'
and they'd set off for the afternoon
exploring.

Later he would make her a map
with tiny icons neatly penciled
(he is a Virgo after all)

Yes,
travelling with Kep
would be fun.


Comments about An Ideal Travelling Companion by Alison Cassidy

  • (2/11/2008 1:42:00 PM)

    A window into a day with Kep, inquizzitive and bright eyed

    Sounds like a cheerful soul to me

    Thankyou Alison

    Love duncan X
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  • (10/19/2007 1:41:00 AM)

    Travel with Kep? I'd rather slash my wrists. Sorry Kep... (Report)Reply

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  • (9/29/2007 3:38:00 AM)

    I admire the way you have given us a portrait of Kep through these very specific details of the way he relates to other people. And in the last line I like the hint of a story of your relationship with him - a suggestion of loss that you are dealing with in a determined way - and of love (brother or lover, I'm left in doubt, but it sounds like love all right.) I'm inspired to try to write something similar, but do I know anyone as well as you know Kep? I wonder. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/18/2007 9:05:00 PM)

    Beautiful moments, well captured. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/18/2007 11:19:00 AM)

    Alison,

    I think we all want to bring Kep in the car with us just to find out what astonishing insights he might provide. A light hearted and loving portrait. By the way which key DO you prefer?
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  • (9/16/2007 10:10:00 AM)

    Sounds like you have found the ideal travelling companion - lists tend to hamper freedom and spontaneity I think.(That's my excuse!) Delightful description full of warmth that paints an adorable picture of Kep's character. Your observations on human nature are so revealing Allie - and this one was no exception. Great write. Justine x (Report)Reply

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  • Margaret Alice (9/14/2007 2:29:00 AM)

    Alison, you have created / described such a lovable character in Kep, if I were to read a book about him he would have been one of my favourite storybook characters! A lovely person and someone to treasure, just as your descriptiion should be treasured. A great read this morning, Kind regards, Margaret. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/13/2007 4:03:00 AM)

    I loved reading about Keppel's sense of spontaneity and his attention to detail. An interesting young man indeed. Must be in the genes, eh, Allie? Another wonderful piece, as always.

    Love, Fran xxx
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  • (9/11/2007 3:32:00 AM)

    Alison, firstly I prefer the key of G maj. myself, but the key to success is keeping it real as you undoubtedly do, and as a result you're one Hep Kep Cat. Line 6 should read loathe with an added e for the v.t. unless it's an Australian linguistic differential sort of thing? I don't care much for lists myself nor heavy itinerary...let's just fly by the seat of our breeches. This dude garners all manner of what others would consider trivial data, ultimately useless unless they might be willing to engage in games of Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy. Surely, I might be remiss at that lame assumption, but why would you be calling me Shirley anyhow? I know, it's a listless joke, but hey, to everyone who might be an ideal travelling companion who's listening, I thought it might be fun nonetheless.


    GWG
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  • (9/9/2007 6:16:00 AM)

    Delightful.
    Love,
    Margery.
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  • (9/8/2007 9:52:00 AM)

    Boy, your circle of friends and family get more interesting with every piece you write! I loathe lists as well but they can sure be handy. I only make grocery lists. I think I'd like one of those maps made by Kep, he sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing! Ashley xo (Report)Reply

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  • (9/7/2007 4:46:00 PM)

    Allie, I am glad I went back through the poems posted today to catch this delightful piece. Mind you all your pieces are delightful. Another little slice of your homely life. Wonderful it is too. What wonderful poem to round the evening off with. Top marks and thanks for sharing it my friend.
    David
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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/7/2007 4:04:00 AM)

    AND THIS TOWN OF YOURS GETS BETTER ALL THE TIME!
    As so your strials & tribulations of....Ever see the movie '''Doc Hollywood''?
    Your shometown, and surroundings are beginning to remind me of Grady, U.S.A.!
    AND KEP'S MOM...DOES SHE PER CHANCE EAT OUT A LOT OR JUST HAVE A LARGE APPETITE? ...SPELL ENID IN NREVERSE...lol I like this a lot Allie...has a nice smooth flow to it...and verve, and pomp & circumstance galore...which you convey so very well....always!
    Glad i paid a visit this very early N.Y. friday morning....while You're awaitin' on the friday night news at 10, yes? Talk to ya' soon, young lass!

    ~ ~ ~
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  • (9/7/2007 3:27:00 AM)

    This is a gem and travels well with me. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/7/2007 2:59:00 AM)

    Excellent! You have the companion, now there's no excuse not to come to England and stay with me & Ez. You can just pop Jerry in your suitcase. :) t x (Report)Reply

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  • (9/7/2007 2:57:00 AM)

    Loved this story-poem. You do have a magical way with words!
    Theo
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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 7, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 5, 2011


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