‘Twas the night before departure, and all through the place
We were dashing about at a frantic pace.
The equipment was all packed by the door with great care,
Pity the rest of our stuff still wasn’t there!
No one was sleeping and the beds were still made,
Forgetting or missing things had us afraid.
In jeans and old t-shirts were the students and me,
Getting ready to drink our fourth pot of tea,
When out on the road I heard a loud horn
The taxi’s arrival it meant to forewarn.
I flew to the door to silence the sound,
Before the neighbours could all gather ‘round.
The night was quiet as such evening all are,
A moment of peace in a night quite bizarre,
The silence was shattered again then some more,
As the driver got lost on his way to my door.
As I muttered and cursed at his GPS lack,
I ran in the house to continue to pack.
As rapid as texters our fingers did fly,
Throwing in things packing quickly we try
More socks and some undies! More bug spray too!
What only one can? We will have to make do!
Pack the first aid and lotions as well,
Gravol is best if nausea to quell.
Like the palm trees in storms that don’t break but bend
To our luggage and packing we bent to attend.
Around the house we flew in a tizzy
‘Till all but the dog was tired and dizzy.
Then, with a flash of beaming head light,
The taxi had found the house all right.
I threw in my passport and turned around,
One final check for lost thing to be found.
The cabbie was quick, and fell to his work
Moving the bags with a yank and a jerk,
Soon the stuff was all stacked for the taxi to fill,
All that remained was my air sickness pill.
From my house to the airport he drove in a flash,
I held on quite tight for fear we would crash!
On his cell phone he chatted the entire way,
No fear of the fines if caught he would pay.
The airport was chaos, we had not a clue,
Volcanoes or bombers each could be true!
Customs and check-in, security points next,
Huge line-ups and wait times for tempers to vex.
At last in the end we sat by the gate,
Yet boarding by rows, we still had to wait.
We wish as watch the dawn end the night,
A good summer to all and for us a safe flight!