Down in Yucatan

By daiglepoems

When I was a young man
I detested law and order.
I bought a Vee Dub camper van
and headed for the border.

Put down my hippy ways.
Kicked off my hippy shoes.
I was in for happy days
on a Disney jungle cruise.

I had the perfect plan
and put it into play.
When I hit Yucatan
I settled down to stay
underneath the mango tree
to ride the wild surf.
To let the jungle sponsor me
and be  my home turf.

An Eden in full bloom.
Eternal life giver
nearly became my tomb
when I drank from the river.

My feces, white as chalk.
My eyes, a shade of yellow.
My legs refused to walk.
The consistency of jello.

Then a friendly little Mayan
found me in my van.
I was half dead and dyin'
down in Yucatan.

I awoke in a shack,
in a village by the sea.
Flat on my back.
Chills and fever.

They went to any length
to nurse and comfort me
and when I finally found my strength
I mended fishing nets for free.

Folks so poor in hurt 
on the costa del mar.
Their floors, hardpacked dirt.
My van the only car.

Shared what little bit they had
yet were happy just the same.
They laughed when they were sad
and had no word for blame.

Knew things I couldn't know.
Saw things I'd never seen.
Went to where I couldn't go 
so I took their mescaline.

Then I saw another life.
They invited me to stay.
Wanted me to take a wife,
but I could hear L.A.

calling in the distance.
That's always been my way.
Take the path of least resistance.
Adios S.A.

I signed the van away,
hitched a ride to Veracruz.
Non-stop into L.A.
in rags and Mayan shoes,

and a colorful serape.
My mother stared, aghast
and asked, "Where's that old jalopy?"
I said to her at last...

Down in Yucatan
I was half dead and dyin'.
I gave my Vee Dub camper van
to a friendly little Mayan

because he saved my bacon
and showed me how to live.
After all that I had taken
it's the least that I could give.

I grew up while in that  jungle.
A boy became a man.
Said "Adios" to Mr. Bungle.
Down in Yucatan.




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Copyright 2012 daiglepoems
Published on Sunday, April 8, 2012.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • TropicalSnowstorm On Friday, February 7, 2014, TropicalSnowstorm (1772)By person wrote:

    Excellent piece! Love the humor and word choice and reference to Mr. Bungle. Nice! Ciao, T/S Scholar

  • Malcholm Dark On Thursday, April 25, 2013, Malcholm Dark (1040)By person wrote:

    great story... a wild ride to be sure... this one is worth reading many times... thanks

  • Alchemist On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Alchemist (860)By person wrote:

    One of the most original and well written stories I have ever read on this site. Very fun and that is good to see when all I ever get to read on this damn site is how sad people are.

  • dwells On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, dwells (5703)By person wrote:

    The cream will always rise to the top! Congrats belatedly on another enchanted, off beat read with something for almost everybody. Muy bien hecho amigo, perfectamente!

  • A former member wrote: great story, everything flows together very well.

  • A former member wrote: Wow this is a great read and write I kno it must've been hard rhyming this story but u did a fantastic job and deserve this win grats

  • OLd SouL On Sunday, May 13, 2012, OLd SouL (781)By person wrote:

    man.. story and rhymes like this are so damn tough, at least for me.. I thought it was a little shaky in the middle but the ending so outweighed that. That was badass to read. grats.

  • A Dispelled Truth On Thursday, May 10, 2012, A Dispelled Truth (27)By person wrote:

    Wow very awesome poem. It feels perfect when I read it, flow wise. Very interesting.

  • A former member wrote: What a life changer!?!?!?! you dead an amazing job writing this. This could be a song. I hope you get many veiws and commentary back because this is worth the read. Your rhyming skills are fantastic! ][ ][

  • daiglepoems On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, daiglepoems (106)By person wrote:

    Wow. I'm flattered. It's always very cool when someone appreciates what you have done and I appreciate your feedback immensely. Thanks

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