Poems that capture all the thrill of departure – and of arrival

Tuesday 4th June 2024

Wish You Were HereFourteen Poems about Holidays

The moment of pulling a suitcase or rucksack down from a cupboard or out from under the bed always carries a particular kind of excitement. It’s as if going away promises a new life – even though it’s only for a week or two.  What counts is the thrill of departure, whether by car, train or plane.

These poems celebrate all sorts of holiday – from a motel in Florida which holds a lifetime of childhood memories to a first experience of Greece at eighteen, complete with sunburn, flip-flops and retsina.  The selection brims with nostalgia and affectionate humour – and then there’s the simple bliss of a pink sunset on a beach.

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