Run Off and Join the Circus? The Sunday Travel Poem

The clown shoe of the sculpture outside the famous Moscow Circus in, of course, Moscow.

Today’s poem speaks to two aspects of travel I absolutely love.

Long term travel.


Traveling long term allows you to travel slowly. In fact, it demands that you travel slowly. You’ll exhaust yourself if you travel long term at the same rate that you do on a two-week trip. So you travel slowly. And what are the benefits of that? It’s about learning the language, cooking with an old woman, having children knock on your door when something exciting is happening. How wonderful.

But then, in our poem, the circus comes to town. And new opportunities arise. And the traveler picks up and follows the opportunities – “beneath the throw of the knife”. He or she ignores the risk of leaving what is comfortable and explores new horizons.

Our poem, Learning to Travel by Julene Tripp Weaver was first published on The Literary Bohemian.

She also has a book of poetry available, No Father Can Save Her from Plain View Press. And now the poem…

Learning to Travel

She will learn French,
enough to greet and shop become known.
A French baker befriends her.
After a long summer
she stays on into the fall
writes poems, picks wild herbs.
An old woman cooks with her.
They sit in silence
while the sun sets. In the evening
she lights candles, when hungry
they share bread and cheese.

A circus comes to town,
young children knock
on her door to watch
elephants parade in the street.
Tents are raised.
A knife thrower invites her for his act.
The wind of flying knives pulses
dreams of moving on with the circus
until there is no question. She will go.
She pulls together a bag
says goodbye to the old woman
to the baker, to the children,
moves to the next town
beneath the throw of the knife.

by Julene Tripp Weaver

  • Robin Greco Wright

    Totally agree. Slow paced. Soak it all in. Be at home.

  • Janice Waugh

    I totally agree Mellisa, It’s a pleasure to linger as we travel.

  • Mellisa Turner

    Indeed it’s a leisurely feeling to travel slowly;you actually get the
    true benefits of roaming in different countries. Learning different
    languages, embracing different cultures, getting to know people from all
    over the world all this demand a good amount of time.

  • Elaine Scanlan

    I think I’m lucky to live in the UK – so many countries just a short hop away. Staying in one place for a while is easier because there isn’t that desperate need to see everything, everywhere – I can always go back.

  • Steave Michaels

    I agree. It’s comfortable traveling slowly. You get to enjoy the culture and to acquire their values and belief. Isn’t it interesting to attach yourself to an unknown culture?