No Winter Blues For Me – Author Laura Marie Clark


The call of home drew many in the winter,

Beckoning with snow and home comforts;

It was a season of changes and upheaval.

They pondered for hours over their options,

Then packed their bags and bid the rest of us

Farewell, some for a month and some for good,

Weighed down with gifts to lavish friends

And family with trinkets they were proud to carry;

Others came at New Year, seeking fresh adventure,

Seduced by the idea of travel at a time

They associated with beginnings and resolutions;

And some found new homes and new jobs

Without leaving the taste of their venture behind,

New employers offering them delightful wages

To fill their pockets – after longer hours and

Harder lessons; still some of us remained behind,

Perhaps loyal, or perhaps foolishly devoted

To the company that first gave us work in Vietnam

And breathed life into our imaginations.


Those we lost were missed, a hole left behind

That could not be filled; as they went the new arrivals,

Who replaced our co-workers and friends with

Their own outrageous personalities, were no less

Welcomed than their predecessors, no less

Our family than anyone else had ever been.

They came from England, Scotland, Wales,

From Europe and America, all of them with

Wide eyes that reminded us of our first day there;

We became the elders, and so we pretended

To know Vietnam; we assured them that their

Worries and their longing for home would fade

Away in time, once they settled here with us.

I marvelled, quite astounded, that in winter

My home did not holler and tempt me.


© Laura Marie Clark


Excerpt from the book “City Of The World”

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About the Author

Laura is a writer and blogger near Lincoln, England. She is the author of City of the World – a collection of poems that take the reader on an adventure living and working as a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to explore the highs and lows of life as an expat.

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