poetry critical

online poetry workshop



a little(late) on tobago
hank

tobago is a nonglamorous caribbean island 26 by 7 miles
 1
with 55,000 people descended primarily from slaves
 2
a few indigenous carib and ariwak descendents remain
 3
life moves slow
 4
the island has the oldest protected rain forest in the western
 5
hemisphere and many cool birds. great surfing, mtn. biking
 6
(extreme) main industry is fishing and tourism (i'm bringing
 7
2 nice saltwater fly outfits) there are some really bad roads
 8
with crazy drivers
 9
the trade winds blow
 10
rainy season starts sept. they have big lizards. open sewage
 11
there is a lot of environmental work to be done
 12
we patrol the beaches at night to protect the giant
 13
leatherback turtles from poachers when they are nesting
 14
there once was monkeys, deer, wild cats, and an assortment
 15
of creatures but people ate them
 16
now people are trying to reintroduce them
 17
mostly hunters so they can be hunters again
 18
can't be a hunter if there is nothing to shoot
 19
there are powerful people who want to turn the island into a
 20
concrete catastrophe politics are really corrupt
 21
more...
 22
beer is cheap the guiness is powerful from the bottle 7.5%
 23
there are not many fat people it can be hard to get things
 24
split my time up a lot sculpting, swimming, riding, reading
 25
making love, dreaming, complaining, etc.
 26
same ol' i am
 27
old, disposed, rusted out water tanks for my scrap
 28
steel to sculpt with
 29
beauty is mostly pleasurable to pursue i like it there
 30
it would be better with a boat
 31
there is little opportunity to make money outside of tourism
 32
it sucks being poor life is a trade you should come someday
 33
they have the best right in all the west indies at mt. irvine
 34
(it's over coral though and i'm past the surfing learning
 35
curve. i snorkel instead) did i mention there are some big
 36
fucking lizards?
 37
and caught no fish
 38

from letter written to friend upon request but never sent. 07/02.

14 Mar 10

Rated 6 (8.7) by 1 users.
Active (1):
Inactive (2): 6, 10, 10

(define the words in this poem)
(440 more poems by this author)



Add A Comment:
Enter the following text to post as unknown: captcha

Comments:

probably the friend would have appreciated it as an arty letter and thought how like you it was, or maybe not.

why are you posting it here, instead of on american express cruise lines blogger for old people on cruises to make their trip seem like it happened?
 — bmikebauer

because you didn't make the cruise, wise guy. he's just being nice to you. shut up and read up.
 — varun

'beauty is most pleasurable to pursue' is a great line, hank.
 — varun

yeah, guess i still believe it too.
 — hank

outside vaults you invited a boy to play with football, boy ran off to his father crying. you said 'in the caribean the boy would have smiled a big smile and played'. i remember that and have wanted to go ever since.
 — stout

yes.
 — hank

I just love your adventures, V.!  They make me feel like I'm on a National Geographic special or somethin'!  Hope you're well.  You sound like you are.  xo
 — starr

stout and hank = one person, right?
 — unknown

Why would you post this on a poetry site?  This isn't the right venue.  My brother is currently in Tobago, this very minute, leading a birding trip.  

Why didn't you try to make a poem of this?
 — Isabelle5

lmao
 — sir_I_clan

why did starr say "V"? Why did Isabelle The Fifth say this is not a poem?

hank = stout = sir_I_clan, right?
 — unknown

i'm really confused now.
 — varun

no.
 — hank

0.484s