Monday, February 8, 2021

It's Getting There: Vacation Poetry


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if my publishing schedule has room (that's rare).

Sometimes the topic's so compelling,
evokes a story that just needs telling.
Craziest Vacation Memory is the chosen theme,
we've all had situations that could just make you scream. 

Grateful to tell the story, of that there's no doubt.
Since Diane (and friends) have, well, yet to kick me out.

It's Getting There

Vacations are on hold these days,
In the past I've had quite a few.
Always with a traveling pal, 
local, long distance, international too.
Too many states to mention, 
and countries, way more than one.
Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea for work,
Israel , England, and Mexico for fun.
Islands are best for vacations, 
love sitting in the sun.
Nantucket, Margarita, St. Lucia,
Hawaii (two islands, not one).

My vacations tend not to be crazy.
though parasailing was risky for sure.
mountain roads in St. Lucia, hair raising.
(next time we'd be smart, do a tour). 

Craziest part of vacations?
The travel, just let me tell you.
When you're at the mercy of airlines.
Can't quite get there when you are due.

It was just after Thanksgiving.
Stuffed with turkey and leftovers too.
Sis and I scheduled a vacation.
St. Croix beaches, we're coming to you.
Holiday Flavors Turkey Meatloaf, all the flavors of the holiday season in a turkey meatloaf. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner
Holiday Flavors Turkey Meatloaf
Holiday Flavors Turkey Meatloaf, all the flavors of the holiday season in a turkey meatloaf. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Off we went that day to the airport,
over packed as we both always do. 
One week away yet we both had,
not one overstuffed bag but two.

First they called for volunteer passengers,
willing to take the next flight.
Sis and I, we weren't born yesterday.
For our seats we'd damn near fight.
The plane was a "puddle jumper"
to the island, it fit very few.
Seats weren't the only issue, though,
cargo weight was limited too.
Stood our ground and we were boarded,
despite the airline's bribes and pleas,
Taxiing, knew we'd made it, 
could almost feel that tropical breeze.
Liftoff had us smiling,
then my sister's eyes got wide.
Laughing, pointed out the window.
At my luggage, sitting outside.
It's true, I could have cried right then,
it's possible I may have swore.
With tears looked out the window.
You know, just to be sure.

"Don't laugh sis, you're about to,
feel just as sad and blue.
Seems my bags are in good company.
Right behind them . . . there's yours too!" 
Read more poetry, 
you're not through.
Some talented writers
are in this crew:

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Holiday Flavors Turkey Meatloaf     

Printable Recipe

1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 TBSP butter or butter substitute, melted
salt and pepper to taste

1 cup cornbread stuffing mix
2 1/2# lean ground turkey
1 cup turkey gravy, divided
2 eggs
1 green onion, chopped
1/3 cup red pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cranraisins, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

*Make mashed potatoes and mix in the minced garlic, 1 chopped green onion, parmesan, melted butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
*Cover a 9 X 13 baking pan in tin foil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
*In a large bowl, place the stuffing mix, turkey, 1/4 cup of the gravy, eggs, the remaining green onion, red pepper, cranraisins, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix just until incorporated, don't over mix.
*Form the turkey meatloaf into a brick shape (approximately 9 inches long, 5 inches wide and 2 inches high) and place into the prepared pan leaving about 3 inches around all of the sides. Bake for 45 minutes.
*After 45 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven but leave the oven on. Spread the mashed potatoes onto the top and around the sides of the meatloaf. Sprinkle with paprika.
*Return to the oven for 20 minutes. Take out and check to be sure the meat is completely cooked through. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with the remaining gravy (heated).


  1. Haha, I hop ├Żou had a nice holiday despite the missing luggage. It's impressing what you can do without.

    1. We actually got the luggage that night, but we were pretty unhappy before it showed up.

  2. Hahahahaha! (We can luggage? I wonder if St. Croix has any nude beaches? ;)
    And you'll have to try really, REALLY hard to get kicked out... Just sayin'.

    1. Didn't see any nude beaches and we were happy not to have had to start one ourselves.

  3. I've never had Turkey meatloaf, but I'm pinning this to try. Love your poetry ... and hate it when my luggage does not arrive!

  4. We eat ground turkey meals all the time (being on Weight Watchers) but had never thought of trying to duplicate Thanksgiving. I'm also happy to know you got your luggage back in time, and didn't need to establish a nude beach. Alana

    1. I bet the people of St. Croix is even happier than you are about that whole nude beach scenario.

  5. Missing luggage isn't a problem I have ever had

  6. Your story is a prime example of why I always try to pack all my things in a carry on bag. (My record is a seven-day vacation without access to a laundromat.)

    1. I wish I could be more like you, I am such an over packer.

  7. Good one, I can top it. Sometime let me tell you about our no fly cruise to Alaska.

  8. Oh, excellent poem, awful happenstance! That's another reason i don't want to fly again if i can possibly help it, i want to drive and be able to take as much of my stuff as i want with me.

    1. I definitely get your point about taking as much stuff as you want when you fly. My son was home and when he left I was able to send supplies and meals with him because he had his car and wasn't limited with space.


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