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Tourist Trap

I look at you with
Your cameras and trinkets,
Your bits and pieces,
Your luggage,
Your souvenirs
Your faces.

And I wonder what you are doing
Walking through my country?
Why should you want to be here?
To sample my life?
To understand my life?

Then I realised.
I am so lucky
To have all that you seek
On your tourist visa,
All year round,
Day by sun-scorched day,
Night by freezing night

And again I wonder
Why are you here?
Why do you want to leave
Your warm western homes?
Are they so terrible
That you come here for relief?

And, if here is so nice,
why only come for 2 weeks?
I’m here for life.
Join me.
There’s plenty of room
On my piece of pavement.

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this poem is inspired by and dedicated to elleboitse’s picture – ‘Boy Begging’

© photogenique (dave peddie): using this poem, or any part thereof, for any purpose and in any way, without prior permission, may lead to legal action.


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  • Joan Smart
    Joan Smartalmost 7 years ago

    wonderful words !! careful some one might show up on your door step!!

  • Dave Sandersfeld
    Dave Sandersfeldalmost 7 years ago

    Be careful of what you wish for Dave. I really enjoy doing “rural economic development projects” to help rural families increase their annual incomes and keep the family farm or homestead. However, i have see a down side. Urbanites hate the city and take over rural communities and complain about smell of cows etc. I call this economic process “Californication”. No blame for those who live in California now! However, i was born in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains above Denver, Colorado, i never return to family ranch; as area is now all sub-divided into tract homes.

  • its all about appearance
    its all about ...almost 7 years ago

    nice one works well

  • pijinlane
    pijinlanealmost 7 years ago

    Very well written with a great deal of insight

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleealmost 7 years ago

    wow…..I always wondered what they might be thinking…..
    you said it out loud….
    how sad, how true…..
    thank you

  • loramae
    loramaealmost 7 years ago

    I imagine it could involve the nature of people they are priveleged to meet…;0}…in the end… an inviting bit of work…

  • elleboitse
    elleboitsealmost 7 years ago

    wow, that is powerful, I love it and feel very honored to be a part.

  • Suzanne German
    Suzanne Germanalmost 7 years ago

    hey PG – very nicely put!

  • Suzanne German
    Suzanne Germanalmost 7 years ago

    …the picture of the boy on the pavement with a bowl …presumably …begging……that is touching!

  • Trish Cooper
    Trish Cooperalmost 7 years ago

    Oh Dave…….so well written….such insight you have…..this is an instant fav!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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