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I am a time traveler

Posted: November 6, 2008, 10:18 pm
by mainst
I own no Jules Verne fantasy machine
yet I travel through time
no dials to set
no pedals to push
I place a shoebox of old letters
right here in my lap
it is they who transport me
into the past

I've walked with a peddler
half blind, far from home,
I looked on as two hacks
(taxi drivers of long ago)
carried off his trunk and his carpet bag
one to his left
one to his right
I watched as he flew
nto a towering rage
to the amusement of a howling crowd
until he was able to reunite himself
once again
with all he owned

I've traveled to the early '20's
when a young lad named Philip
loved catching fish
and frogs
and climbing trees
and cramming every day at camp
with boyish joy
and writing letters to his dad
how happy and proud I'd be
to have him send a few of them
addressed to me

I've pounded the pavement with Del
looking for a job
when three dollars a week
was all a woman could hope to earn
and when the rug in the front hall
was given more respect
than a household maid

I was there when Genny
returned home to Holland
finally freed after four years
in a concentration camp
to find new clothes awaiting her
a skirt and a red woolen blouse
I was there
when she wrote
to thank Nancy Pearson
far away in the U. S. A.
for her thoughtful gifts
to the American Red Cross

and at the end
who'd gone through so much horror
simply said
"I hope I have not bored you
and if my English is not perfect,
please excuse me;
I'm doing my best.
I should like to hear from you,
and to have your picture,
and to know who you are.
Could you please write to me?"

I don't have a Jules Verne time machine
a shoebox is all I really need
old letters are my passport to the past
whenever I settle down to read


Ted :)

From the Archive: Originally posted June 10, 2003

Posted: January 20, 2015, 2:53 am
by zzeplinispire
Thats pretty nice

Posted: January 20, 2015, 5:05 am
by Davidf
I liked this! Very nice!

Re: I am a time traveler

Posted: March 4, 2021, 7:26 pm
by Teo
Beautiful Ted!
Thanks for sharing!