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A License to Travel   poem  
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer)
A Southern woman speaks her love of books.
Posted: 04/19/10      [1 Comment] ~ 118 words.

I don't need a license to travel.
I have the books on my shelves.
There are maps enough for me
Here in these colorful pages.

I can read my way around the Empire.
Why would I want a license to travel?
There are bookstores enough in my town,
And libraries filled to the ceiling with lore.

I turn all my pocket money into books.
I like them better than pastries or perfumes.
It costs too much for a license to travel.
I would rather buy more books instead.

My room is my railcar and my sailboat.
Every day I set off for somewhere new.
The wonders of the Empire delight me.
Each book is a license to travel.

Author's Notes

This poem came out of the April 13, 2010 Muse Fusion. It was inspired by LJ user Jolantru. This is a wonderful glimpse of how some Southern citizens feel satisfied with their local luxuries, such as books, and don't feel inclined to travel. It's an attitude the Empire tends to encourage.

This form is called a "railcar poem." A railcar poem has a phrase that repeats throughout the poem, appearing in the first line of the first verse, second line of the second verse, third line of the third verse, and fourth line of the fourth verse. (In this case, it's "a license to travel.") This is called the "railcar." There is also a word which must be repeated at least once in every verse, called the "kingpin." (In this case, it's "book.")

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