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Beautiful Visit Terrible Stay


Stay For A Visit

A boy once compared me to the state of Alaska.

He said I was a "beautiful place to visit, but a terrible place to stay."

Meaning that I am no more than a three star hotel that will do for the night.

I am no more than a stepping stone to get across the pond.

I am no more than a rental car to get from Point A to Point B.

I am nothing more than temporary.

But I view people as the motto "leave it better than you found it."

I will throw your worry in the washer and dryer, and fold it into hope before I put it into your closet.

I will wash the anger from your dishes and leave your newfound joy to dry on the rack.

I will sweep up all of your fear with a trail of nothing but trust left behind.

I will dust away any doubt you have and place euphoria on your mantel.

I will fill your car with elation as fuel for your next journey.

And when you are ready to leave, I will help you pack your bags with genuine gratefulness for the time we spent together.

Because that is all someone so temporary can do.

I will be the hotel, the stepping stone, and the rental car.

And you will have enjoyed your visit, but never enough to stay.


Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 13, 2017:

Brilliant and beautiful poetry. Jamie

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