Kim Barney


Things I Will Miss - Poem by Kim Barney

There are many things
I will miss when I return
to the U. S. A.

Beautiful temple,
palm trees, delicious mangos
falling all year round.

Pineapple that tastes
like it was made it Heaven
and of course it was.

Papaya so sweet
it sort of melts in your mouth.
Simply fantastic!

Free bus rides for us
old fogeys of advanced age.
We do get around!

In Recife, you
can buy almost anything
as far as foods go.

Apples from Chile
and some from Argentina
and olives from Spain.

Salsa from Texas,
potato crisps from England,
Pringles, New Jersey.

Tomato juice, Spain,
sweet honey from Italy,
foods from all the world.

I will also miss
lizards in the flower beds
as fast as lightning.

Little Bem-Te-Vi*,
black and grey and also white,
searching for insects.

Tropical climate.
Summer weather all year long.
Never gets too cold.

Colorful dresses
and skirts the women wear here,
and blouses as well.

But absolutely
I will miss these wonderful
people most of all.

Topic(s) of this poem: clothes, clothing, food, life, nature, nostalgia


Poet's Notes about The Poem

There is a little black, grey, and white bird here that I just love. It's so pretty, and it's fun to watch it flitting around the grass looking for its food.
J.R. told me one day that it's called Bem-Te-Vi, which is sort of what its call sounds like. Roughly translated, it means 'Nice to see you'.
[This is the same J.R. that is mentioned in my poem 'Death in the Temple'.]

written 28 and 29 August 2015
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Comments about Things I Will Miss by Kim Barney

  • Bri Edwards (9/12/2016 11:12:00 PM)


    we DO have a variety of foods in California; i don't know if Utah has more than beef jerky and cactus leaves, and lots of salt.

    the photo reminds me of the redwoods in our part of northern CA.

    bri :)
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/16/2015 2:43:00 AM)


    A nice piece with the adventures of one's life. (Report) Reply

  • Darwin Henry Beuning (9/7/2015 2:47:00 AM)


    Kim, Lovely poem! ! Wish I could see what you see. Looking forward to your return to Kaysville next month where we can again meet at McDonald's for breakfast and a chess game or two. (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (8/29/2015 7:58:00 PM)


    Your memories will always keep your heart there, Kim. As well as your Brazilian friends' memories of you. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 29, 2015


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