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This is a superb poem written by Margaret Stokes following her holiday in Slovenia with her walking group South Dorset Ramblers June 2018

( THIS FITS TO THE TUNE OF “MY FAVOURITE THINGS” } 

Thirty old ramblers set off on vacation,

Each of them ready at pre-set locations:

Getting away from their own daily grind.

This was the thing that they had on their minds.

Timing was perfect at every pickup

Till we encountered a tachograph hiccup.

Now it seemed plans were about to unwind.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

Barley and cabbage at huts on the mountains:

Radlers and goulash and clear water fountains:

Tour guides and locals all equally kind.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

When a dog runs

Up the mountain,

Wanting to join in,

I simply remember Slovenian things,

And then I begin to grin.

Hotel was lovely and Stefan iconic,

Powered by something that made him bionic:

Always obliging whenever we dined.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

Bringing the drinks in then serving the ice cream.

Clearing our tables and making the place clean.

Pouring the sauce on is what he’s refined.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

Whizzing up mountains on four-seater chairlifts.

(Really, at our age, we ought to have stair lifts!)

Leaving the ground and our troubles behind.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

When we pack up.

When we go home.

When we pay our bills,

I simply remember Slovenian things,

And then I recall the thrills.

Stonking great hailstones that fell on our footpath.

Targeting Christine and causing a bloodbath,

Causing a gash for the medics to bind.

These are the things that will stick in my min

Wild flower meadows and gardens so tidy:

Everyone weeding from Monday to Friday.

Saturday dancing and hats misaligned.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

Susie encountered a duck with no sat-nav

Plummeting downwards, en route to Mount Triglav,

Found on the balcony, fully reclined.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

Bashed on his head,

He was quite dead.

It was rather sad.

If he had remembered the way to go home,

Things wouldn’t look so bad.

Gardens all bursting with veggies and roses.

Joy for the senses: the eyes and the noses.

This is a place where my soul was enshrined.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

Final day deluge, and everyone’s dripping.

Wet clothes to pack means the scales will be tipping.

Added to which are the bottles of wine.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

Getting to Gatwick and finding our way home,

Roadworks and closures are causing a huge groan.

Life isn’t perfect and so, never mind.

These are the things that will stick in my mind.

When it all ends,

When we get back,

When I’m feeling sad.

I’ll simply remember Slovenian things,

And then I won’t feel so bad.

 Margaret Stokes 19/06/19

ClientMargaret Stokes
Date2019
LocationSlovenia

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