Left shadows of the mountains
With a temp. of ninety-eight degrees
And traveled to the West Coast
One hundred five, without a breeze.
But the heat did not defeat me-
For this special trip I’d known
Was to renew old friendships
With family far from home.
We played and laughed and visited
Ate tons of wondrous food.
To reminisce and have such fun
Did this old gal much good!
Helen gave me an ‘original’
A sculpture done in clay.
Which I will surely cherish
Until my dying day.
Too soon, vacation ended,
As I was preparing to return,
Twilia said “Let’s do up all your laundry”
“Naw” I said, with no concern.
“If you dare to take them dirty
They will surely search your bag.
And you will be embarrassed
When they send up that red flag.”
Sure enough! A blob of black
The X-ray thus revealed,
Then, dreaded ping and flashing red!
The stopping of all wheels.
“Bag search!” they yelled,
All heads shot up, alerted,
And stared down at this helpless soul
Stunned and disconcerted.
Caught in this awful scene-
I’m sure he wished that he could hide
While I acted like a teen.
A giant, six foot six at least,
Arrived with great dispatch.
With practiced hands began the task
My baggage to ransack.
He lifted out a layer or two
In corners reached to feel.
Then came upon the bag of clothes
Twilia’s omen he did seal.
Then Twilia said “I told you so.”
Which set us both a-giggle.
Her warning surely had come true
As my laundry he did jiggle.
The searcher thought, these gals are balmy
Or perhaps they have imbibed.
And we could not control our mirth
We laughed until we cried.
He felt among the dainties
And the ‘culprit’ finally found
The sculpture, fully padded,
In the laundry carefully wound.
He gazed at it in wonder
His amusement did not hide.
As he shook his head and smiled
And stuffed it back inside.
I have sent word back to Helen,
Her clay has enough lead
To set off bells at airports
And make lights flash in red!
Now let this be a lesson-
Unless you crave attention.
Be careful when you travel,
Wash those ‘things’ we do not mention.
May Winkel © 7/30/96