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On Vancouver Time (I'm on vacation with Sharon!)

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Hello everyone!  This poet is one happy camper!  I've flown across Canada, and am visiting with Mysteria, in British Columbia. She is an exceptional hostess, a wonderful friend, and I am one lucky and very contented poet! Beautiful friendship, beautiful scenery ... what more could someone ask for?  


~*~


On Vancouver Time

I finished up my chores and work, though how, I’ll never know,
I worked right up until the moment it was time to go;
On Friday, I said “That’s enough!” my flight leaves here at five!
It’s noon, and Sharon’s waiting for me … time to come alive!  

I got my packing under way, an easy task for me,
No dressy clothes, no lad-de-dahs, just jeans and sweats and T’s!
I threw it all together, grabbed my luggage, caught a plane,
This isn’t real, I kept repeating, time and time again.

I chased the sun from east to west, and almost caught it too,
I lost three total hours, from my watch when all was through;
I read and slept, and slept and read for seven hours in all,
Then landed in Vancouver (my time midnight, I recall).

The local time was nine o’clock, a perfect, restful flight,
I’d gained a whole three hours, what a way to start the night!
I exited the plane and followed signs to “Baggage Claim”,
I watched for Sharon’s smiling face, then heard her call my name!

I saw her from a distance … what a smile that greeted me,
I swear she glowed from head to toe, a welcome sight to see!
Slow motion, just like all the movies, arms were open wide,
We closed the distance up between the two of us, and sighed.

We hugged and laughed and talked and grinned, two giggly girls at play,
Then Jim, her friend, said, “Ladies … follow me, and led the way.”
He drove us through the city, up the hills and past the pier,
And all the while, my mind kept thinking … “Is this real?  I’m here?”  

Just then, dear Sharon, leaned to me and pinched me on the arm,
I laughed (I knew what that had meant, no cause for an alarm);
She said that Nan had told her that a pinch is what I’d need,
To let me know that this was real, and not a dream indeed!  

It worked, I’m here it’s really true, we talked into the night,
Ate chocolate cake and ice cream much to both of our delight!
My watch said four o’clock a.m. when it was time for bed,
Though only one o’clock on BC time, my jet lag said.

I slept in, Oh … I slept in good (well, eight o’clock, I think)
That’s good for me!  I’m right on track, and soon we’ll be in sync!
We laughed and talked through yesterday, through sun and rain and haze,
Then walked through Antique Alley, stepping back to retro days.

But that’s another story, I’ve got poems piling up …
Ideas I had long forgotten … new ones stacking up!
It feels so good to write again, so Sharon, thank you friend,
This landscape and your company will help this poet mend.

/Kit McCallum

© Copyright 2003 Kit McCallum - All Rights Reserved
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Kit...how wonderful!!!  Made me quite envious of the fun and friendship.  I hope one day to meet you both, but until then, hug eachother for me, will ya?  
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Finest feather bed and sweetly scented bathroom, warmest candles all aglow amidst poetic friendship.
I do know these sweet memories, these moments surrounded by the rose of Sharon.  
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Make that a GROUP HUG while your at it!  I'm so glad your pen's at work...just to keep us grinning!
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Awwwww ... thank you guys. Oh, it's so beautiful here. I'm sitting at Sharon's computer, with windows on either side, a bird feeder to my left with them chirping and singing beside me, the sun is just starting to come out, and I've got the biggest grin on my face right now.  I've left the office work at the office, and I'm "really here". (pinching myself again, just to be sure!).

Much appreciation and great big group hugs to all,
/Kit (a very happy and relaxed Kit)
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If Mysteria is a cure for writer's block then I'm sure she can book a room at her place for a lot of us!!


Sounds like you're having a wonderful crazy restful time!
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AAAWWW, this is so sweet, Kit. I'm glad that you are getting a much needed rest (from what I could gather from your replies to others).

I'm also glad that your ideas, poems and stories are stacking up. I love your poetry and your stories, too.  

By the way, Does that mean that you and Balladeer are going to give us some more stories, too? LOL

Just have fun and tell Sharon I said hello.

Heart hugs to you both  
Ethel
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Just enjoy your time together...sounds beautiful

hugsss
M
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(smiles) Yay!!! Oh Kit, this is wonderful, you and Sharon are two poets I admire ever so much here and I am so happy you're meeting together as I really want to meet a poet from Passions sometime so badly like you or her or anyone as Passions friends mean ever so much to me! (kiss on cheek) You know, Bill Charles also lives in British Columbia, maybe you might come across him too, yay! This is delightful, sweet friend, I can't wait to see pictures of you two at some of the sites and sounds and wonderful poetry, yay! (does happy dance) God Bless You Both, we all love you both so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Kit, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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I found your work in archives but had not seen it "live".  This is a delightful depiction of something we just can't wait to happen...spent in awe and wonder when it does.  It is a pleasure to read you.  KJ

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

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She gets up way too early! but I am trying, but it is hard to wake up with those earplugs in.  Today - Lynn Canyon for Kitster (she likes nature too), and tonight she suffers the Grammies with me

  
Sharon

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Have fun and relaxation in Vancouver...James
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Have a great time you two!
I'm so pleased you're having the well desereved vacation you have needed Kit!
And..if I can write like that from Sharon's..
I'm packing my bags now!!
~Hugs to you both!~

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
dancing with you in the summer rain~

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How fun for you two, enjoy your time with each other and take lots of pictures.

Just reading this brought a smile to my face.  What a special time for you both.  

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So you two are together once again..it's just not fair!
How can I feel the joy when I'm down here and you're up there???
There was a time when it was all for one and one for all
When we three got together with some folk I can't recall.

How can you reunite without your buddy Balladeer?
If you get in a swordfight you'll be short one musketeer!!
If you decide to skip rope, who is there to hold the ends?
How can you be so happy while you turn your back on friends?

I told my buddy Sy that you were meeting without us.
It was the first time in my life I've ever heard him cuss.
He said, "Did they invite us?" I said no, as teardrops fell
And he is sure we couldn't come because of Isabel.

Don't you remember at the airport under stormy skies
How you could see the pain of separation in my eyes?
And now you're back together minus me - it's hard to take.
It's tough to face the mornings when one's heart begins to break.

So, go on, have your fun. May every day be glorious.
So Sy and I are miserable....don't worry about us.
We've both been hurt before by those who once had called us friends.
The wonder of a broken heart is, over time, it mends...

p.s.  I'm studying Guilt Trips 101 under Isabel. How am I doing?

HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!!!
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I can't wait to hear of your adventures with Sharon. What a time you ladies are going to have together. I hear one needs roller skates to keep up with her; she has so much energy.

Have fun ... hugs, Marti

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Have a great time, Kit! And, say hello to Sharon for me.
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Kit - the only thing one could ask for just a little more is to come up to the "Monashee Lodge" in Revelstoke, BC, for a visit and see the real mountains and fresher air. Don't tell Mysteria I said that please. Glad you're enjoying the sights, it is beautiful in this part of Canada...

BC
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Kit,

It sounds like Sharon was just the medicine you needed. So good to read your poetry again. This is the happiest I have read you in a long time.

                         Dawn
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ROFL @ Michael ... hugs to you and Sy!

Thanks for the great comments everyone. Sharon and I are having a blast. I'm so relaxed, I may never go home, lol.  I may have to wait for Sharon to wake up before we can post some pictures though. I'm not sure how - I'm a little lost without my own computer and programs, lol.  Anyway ... I'll keep posting in this thread off and on. Hope you enjoy.


~*~


Lynn Canyon

It’s early in the morning here, and what a lovely view,
No matter what direction I can turn, there’s something new;
The city shines from front porch steps, the mountains from the rear,
A wondrous scene each way I look, to fill my heart with cheer.

We went to such a gorgeous place, Lynn Canyon, it was called,
We tried to take the bus, but they just looked at us, appalled;
“It doesn’t run on Sunday.” They announced to us and said,
“You’ll have to take this other bus, then walk the rest instead.”

OK, I thought, no problem here, he said it’s just a block,
So off we went, a little ride, then time for us to walk.
Well, walk we did, and then some more … and then some more again,
Just how long is a block out here? I wondered in my head.

Well I can tell you this, my friends … a block’s a couple miles,
But Sharon kept me laughing, and we took each step with smiles;
We reached the entrance, stopped for lunch (it gave my feet a rest),
Then off into the woods we went … for Mother Nature’s test.

     

We reached a big suspension bridge, it swayed and bobbed and twirled,
Way up above the rapids where the waterfalls unfurled;
It was the most amazing sight, I could have stayed all day,
We took some pictures, soaked it in, then headed on our way.

We walked down trails and through the woods, passed ferns and towering trees,
I smelled the pine, the moss, the scent of nature on the breeze;
Oh, what a lovely feeling … nothing like it anywhere,
The water churned, the rapids flowed … I didn’t have a care.

    

I didn’t have a care that was, until I turned around,
And saw how far that we’d descended, way below the ground;
We’d reached the lowest trail, and then I saw the steps ahead,
They looked as if they rose for miles … “We came THAT far?” I said.



It may not sound that big a deal to someone who’s in shape,
But I’ve been glued to office chairs for years with no escape;
Well Sharon laughed, and said “Dear Kit, we’ll take it slow, my friend.”
I laughed and said, “You bet we will ... my legs need time to mend.”

We took our time, and up we went, I swore my ears would pop,
But boy, I’m proud to say, I made it … right back to the top!
It may sound silly, but I felt so great when I was done …
I felt like “Rocky” at the top … “Yo Adriane … I won!”

    





[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (03-24-2003 03:17 PM).]

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Yay!!! You made it to the top! We knew you could do it! (does happy dance) Now you need to tell us if Sharon survived the Oscars marathon! LOL!



Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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So we have to come here for all of the poetry?  You betcha we will! YO Kit!  Top of the World!
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I am so happy for BOTH of you! This was a delightful little travelog! Keep us posted! We'll be looking for more!  

Warm hugs,
Linda
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Kit...I love seeing these photos...and the humor and fun just falls into your words.  Thanks for sharing your vacation with us!!! Hugs to you both!
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What a beautiful place and thank you 'both' for sharing with us. You'll sleep like a log after this adventure!

Hugs to you both, Marti

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