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Long journeys

June 3, 2019

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After six weeks in Australia I’m now back home in the UK and slowly getting used to walking right way up again! The trip to Australia was the longest journey I’ve ever made. The journeys each way took about 36 hours ‘door to door’ — about 9000 miles to reach Perth — and about 10,500 miles to return from Hobart, Tasmania, via Melbourne. In between, I visited Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, too. What a fabulous trip it was! It’s inspired a lot of writing — here’s just one poem for starters:

Not out of Bounds

Australia-bound I’d hoped to find a bounding kangaroo.
I was jumping to conclusions as my mind is prone to do.

I didn’t find one jumping, nor one about to bound,
but several sleeping soundly on the cooler, shady ground

and one who had a joey peeping keenly from her pouch.
But then I saw a kangaroo approaching, so I crouched

beside him in the midday sun, and silently we spoke,
through looking in each other’s eyes. This one I gave a stroke.

I did – I really did it: I stroked a kangaroo!
I’m bound to say that, all along, that’s what I’d hoped to do.

© Celia Warren 2019

I have returned to a number of new books waiting in my postbox. One of them has reminded me that flying from Britain to Australia is as nothing compared to a trip to the moon. Its distance from Earth varies according to the stage of its orbit but, on average, is about 239,000 miles away.

This summer sees the 50th anniversary of man walking on the surface of the moon. I still remember watching that amazing event live on television when I was 16 years old. In celebration of this exciting anniversary, a fabulous little anthology of moon poems has been edited by Roger Stevens and illustrated by Ed Boxall. I’m proud to say that I have contributed two poems to “Moonstruck”, published by Otter-Barry and in the shops from 6th June 2019.

Moonstruck anthology cover pic

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