Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

Without Expectations Free From Constraint - Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

I believe upon reflection
that generally those of us
who travelled overseas

did adventure better than those
who remained stayed in New Zealand
yes I know that many who stayed

in New Zealand
did exceptionally well
what I mean is

those that went overseas
were disconnected strangers
sometimes people did not

even know what New Zealand
really was except as a name
so we were judged on our merits

without locialized Westport put down
that exists in some parts of New Zealand
while overseas in distant countries

foreign lands differing cultures
we were free to be ourselves
we could be anything we chose

without expectations
free from constraint
we were free to choose

we were
what we chose to be
could conceive

many conceive wealth as material possessions
judge themselves others by what we own possess
there is an immeasurable wealth in travel experience

experiencing other cultures places languages
differing religions ethnic values opinions
viewpoints is an amazing insight into human psyche

Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Topic(s) of this poem: travel, wealth

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Dedicated to all Westport people traveling and living overseas.
This is Westport on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, an almost mythic land, of top world rated, beautiful scenic coastlines.
Original version of the split images 'We Were What We Chose To Be Could Conceive' and 'Immeasurable Wealth In Travel Experiences' by the poet Terence George Craddock.
Written in January 2016 on the 21&22.1.2016.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 21, 2016

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