Monday, 8 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 217 OF 230

Poem 217 of 230:  A MULTICULTURAL WORLD OF CARRYING

Rather than the newer rucksack,
    I prefer a shoulder-strap bag
To hold whatever kit I pack;
    But, on the cross-continents track,
I saw several other ways
    Of getting things there and/or back:

Sherpa’s head-strap baskets, Nepal;
    In India and in Kenya,
On head-pads, loads are carried tall;
    Bamboo loaded on either side,
In China; or, in Mexico,
    Two poles to a backpack are tied.

(C) David Franks 2003

Ancient Egyption culture,
British Museum, London,
October 2016