HOW DO YOU FIND THE WAY TO WHANGERAI?

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HOW DO YOU FIND THE WAY TO WHANGERAI?

Post by Mahalia » 10 Jan 2019, 12:49

A NZ friend challenged me to write a poem about the difficulty for tourists trying to find their way to his town of Whangarai, incorporating some NZ towns into the verse - he reckoned I couldn't do in 30 minutes - He lost 😂

HOW DO YOU FIND THE WAY TO WHANGARAI?
Maureen Clifford © The #ScribblyBark Poet

When you're going to New Zealand where you hope a friend to find,
and your mind is somewhat dazzled by the scenery sublime,
and your eyes are somewhat frazzled by the towns along the way
then you have to ask the question How do I find Whangarai?
I have travelled out of Auckland and I'm on a bypass road
so I won't go through the city - my minds now on overload,
and I'm heading northward knowing Bay of Islands lies ahead
but the road to Whangarai is hiding - miss it and I'm dead

Now I'm sticking with the double yous - via Wairau Valley
from there the road goes straight ahead just like a bowling alley
and Warkworth's coming up ahead and Wellsworth's in my sights
and I'm traversing Mountain Ranges with forest to left and right.
I'm not tempted by Mangawhai though sometime I might visit
Piroa Falls sounds rather cool though some might ask "Where is it?"
But I'm travelling with a purpose and the one thing I can say
is that nowhere is a sign that says - this way to Whangarai.

There are Waipu Caves a'calling - I can hear their sob and sigh
and the glowworms light might be a help beneath a darkening sky,
and the stalactites and stalagmites that are New Zealand born,
would certainly be worth viewing but not now - Oh yes! I'm torn.
Have I missed it? I don't think so, there's a paucity of signs,
which should you have an invasion will leave the enemy blind,
but for tourists it's confusing and so humbly I pray
that a few more signs would be a help in finding Whangarai.

I am panicking, I make a call, to say I'm on my way
but I think that I am lost and maybe won't find Whangarei
but my mate he does assure me that the road that I am on
will lead me straight to Whangarei and I'll be there ere long.
So I get into the car again and firmly grasp the wheel,
remind myself I've ANZAC genes, this girl has nerves of steel.
And I push pedal to metal and my horses meet the fray
and we charge forward quite bravely on the road to Whangarai
The Scribbly Bark Poet
see some scribbles here - http://scribblybarkpoetry.blogspot.com.au/

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Re: HOW DO YOU FIND THE WAY TO WHANGERAI?

Post by Teddy » 11 Jan 2019, 15:41

That is so clever Mahalia. :icon_biggrin:

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Re: HOW DO YOU FIND THE WAY TO WHANGERAI?

Post by lynny » 11 Jan 2019, 16:10

In thirty mins !?? That's amazing \:D/

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