Posted 02-03-2004 at 06:24:15
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THE TRIP TO MEXICO
© copyright February 2, 2004
I had a hundred dollars when I went to Mexico;
I didnít plan to spend a lot: perhaps ten bucks or so.
Iíd buy a couple trinkets to remind me of the time
I fled Missouriís winter for a warm and sunny clime.
We walked the Rio Grande bridge, took pictures on the way,
And all agreed weíd never seen a quite-so-lovely day.
Exotic odors greeted us and music filled the air
And I was then surrounded by temptations everywhere!
Blankets for three dollars, woven right in Mexico!
A fourteen-dollar hand-carved horse: the prices are so low!
Souvenirs for fifty cents to buy for all my friends:
When you are there in Mexico, the bargains never end.
See my shirt with ďMexicoĒ emblazoned on the back?
I jewed them down to seven bucks: I really have the knack!
I bought a dress for Natalie, got Monica a toy,
And tipped a street musician playing lively songs with joy.
I finally checked my billfold, and to my immense surprise,
A couple twenty-dollar bills were all that met my eyes!
What happened to my hundred? I think I may need a loan!
And how will all this junk fit in my suitcase, to go home?
Iím also taking oranges a-plenty home with me:
They taste so good in Texas, and my sister has a tree.
Security at Harlingen will no doubt have a laugh
At clothes packed in a suitcase, with fruit in the other half.
Itís been a happy visit, and I hate to see it end,
But I miss Cliff, and Iíll be glad to be back home again.
I have learned, with age, to treasure happy times like these,
And add them to my strong-box of collected memories.