Travel Fever

 A Very Mary Variation 

A double Golden Shovel poem featuring two lines from Mary Oliver’s  “The Orchard” – beginning “I have dreamed of accomplishment. I have fed ambition,” and ending “and the ripeness of the apple is its downfall.” Turn small devices sideways to read the vertical beginning and ending lines.




Travel Fever


I seek the rush of adventure and

have journeyed to the

dreamed-of destinations, tasted the ripeness

of culture, breathed the passport ink of

accomplishment, even put the 

“I” in the Big Apple –

have bitten my way to its core, as travel fever is

fed by each step along the map of its

ambition to explore….anchors: the crushing downfall

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