We Might Have Gone to England

A Promise I Didn’t Keep – Carpe diem!

England Photos

We might have gone to England

British Air in business class

spent Summer time in Westminster

placed flowers at the cenotaph.


Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge

Cotswolds, Stratford, see King Lear

You wanted so to visit England

I wanted so to take you there.


We might have cruised Bermuda

or St. Thomas Virgin Isle

maybe sailed to Santorini

or up to Luxor on the Nile.


But you always wanted England

perhaps we’ll go next fall

a five star room at Claridge’s

an evening stroll on down the Mall.


Shop all day at Debenham’s

Mayfair for high tea and scones

have a peek at Downing Street

Fulham, Chelsea, Hyde Park, Sloane’s.


Come join me on my evening walk

the cranes have just returned you know

the squirrel in the Jacaranda

is watching as we stroll and talk.


Tonight perhaps a quiet dinner

in a candle’s evening glow

the children will be home for Easter

plan just when we’d like to go.


Sitting over Lean Cuisine

in my robe, myself alone

I’m planning for our trip to England

I promise you this time we’ll go.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to We Might Have Gone to England

  1. beetleypete says:

    This obviously touched me that little bit more, as I am English. I felt the pain of your loss, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. You’ve made me weep. That you lost her too soon breaks my heart.

    Liked by 1 person

    • toritto says:

      Sarah – For most of the last decade of my working life , business would bring me to London each year for three or four weeks, mostly in December. I would travel home for Christmas loaded with gifts and return in January. My wife ALWAYS wanted to visit London but what with children, expenses etc. it was always “next year”. Our eldest daughter went to England before she did, with her high school graduating class.

      I was able to retire early and travel was on our list of things to do. I was just 60 then and she was several years younger. We had plenty of time. Four months after I retired she was gone. She never saw London.

      Carpe diem.

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