Terry Collett

Gold Star - 23,291 Points (13/12/1947 / LONDON)

Benny In Belgium 1974 - Poem by Terry Collett

We arrived
at Zeebrugge
then drove to
our first
base camp
at Bruges
only to find
our tents
were not there
so we slept
in a caravan
over night
in cramped conditions.

In the morning
I was up first
so walked
to the nearest shop
and bought a small loaf.

I nibbled it
on the way back.

I was the first one in
the cafe
had a coffee
and croissants.

The girl Dalya came in
and sat at my table
she had ordered
the same.

She complained
about the caravan
and overcrowding.

I listened
as she moaned
and lit her a cigarette.

We sat talking
and smoking
until the other members
of our group came in
each one was moaning
to our guide
and driver.

He explained
about the reason
said we'd get
a discount from
our overall charges.

Then our tents arrived
we loaded them up
on top our mini bus
and set off
through Belgium.

I sat next to Dalya
and the Aussie guy
who said little
but gave her
the smile and the eye.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 5, 2017



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