You get great deals

with Turkish Airlines

but it generally
requires a layover in Istanbul.


Of course, time spent

in Istanbul

is hardly a hardship.

It’s nice to get around

that amazing city.


One stretch I had

required 5 flights through Attaturk

in a 5 month span.


It’s a lively airport

with a marketplace

and one good bar.

A pint of Efes Pilsner

helps pass the time.


My head usually starts

spinning when I read 

the board displaying

all the arrivals and departures.


I was becoming a regular.

I was joking 

with the bartender

on my last visit

after he recognized me. 


I don’t have much 

going on in my life

but I was deeply honored

to be remembered

by a Turkish bartender

at the Attaturk Airport Bar.


Author's Notes/Comments: 

This poem covers a time stretch from November 2014 through February 2015.

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allets's picture

To Travel

Whenever, travel is energizing (tiring, but fun). Jet lag becomes a memory, and only the images remain. :D



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It's been 3 and a half years

It's been 3 and a half years since I've been at Attaturk.  I do miss it.  I'm glad you liked the work.  thank you for your kind words and support.

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With all that travel, it sounds like a lot is going on in your life. 



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Thank you for commenting. To

Thank you for commenting. To be fair with the travel, the writing covers my entire life.  So the traveling has been spread out over a lot of years.  Sometimes, I'm writing about a trip that may have occured 10 or 20 years ago.