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Poetry by Elizabeth Burton

While we were in Scotland attending Kim and Tom’s wedding, our hostess was Gwen Hardie. Among her many talents she is a poetess. She is about to publish her second volume.  Here is her flattering, but very nice, tribute to Ethel and me:

To Ben and Ethel

Two kindred spirits roaming free,

In foreign lands they love to be.

The Caribbean, Pacific and Med. they cruise.

On Benjamin’s blog you can read their news.

Their travels recorded for family and friends,

Their zest for adventure never ends.

With vigour and passion they plan ahead,

While lesser mortals stay home instead.

Ben’s artistry has impressive flair,

His photography is beyond compare.

A moment captured through Ben’s viewer,

Allows us to share the joys of their tour.

To Egypt, with pyramids and Pharaohs of old,

There, tales of ancient wonder unfold.

The legendary sphinx, the river Nile.

Ethel dressed with impeccable style.

New York throughout the changing seasons,

Is caught on film for various reasons.

In spring or fall, each different scene,

We view from our computer screen.

We hope you will return to our distant shore,

Who knows, we may meet up once more.

But for now we will follow your travels on-line,

Happy to know that you are both doing fine.

You are an inspiration to all you meet,

An amazing couple with the world at your feet.

It was fate which brought you to our door,

You will stay in our hearts for ever more.

So may St. Christopher be by your side,

As you travel the globe let love be your guide.

Health and happiness without end,

In this little poem, to you both, I send.

Elizabeth Burton

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6 Responses

  1. A lovely tribute to a very special couple.

    Sandy Troy

  2. Thank you Sandy. We do seem to meet the very best sort of human beings on our travels. Ben and Ethel

  3. Elizabeth, how lovely! Ethel and Ben, you are indeed inspirational and amazing. Love to you both! Bonnie.

  4. Surprised but delighted to see my poem to you and Ethel on your recent post. Thank you for the nice comments also. Elizabeth Burton

  5. Thank you all, so much. Now for the shopping–Ethel and I need bigger hats!

  6. Beautiful words and so true!

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