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Professional Traveller

I wake up. It is Shangri-La
Not that mystical place of my dreams
but a well run hotel. Carefully
maintained beauty, flawless service.
I'm connected, my social graph is with me,
posts, tweets and sweaks try to lull me
into the illusion of closeness.
Another day, professional excellence is expected.
The keyboard has a precise pressure point,
but I'm longing for a human touch.
I loath to join the club of lonely hearts
convening at the hotel bar every night.
Memories tell me travel was exiting, ready like
a minute man heading to the airport.
Gone. The call of duty remains. I watch
in the cafes happy chatter
in languages I don't understand.
I'm the professional Traveller,
ready to go where I'm needed,
all by myself.
Loneliness my faithful companion.
What city is this?

Posted by on 19 April 2009 | Comments (4) | categories: After hours


  1. posted by David Leedy on Monday 20 April 2009 AD:
    Great Post!
  2. posted by Haran on Monday 20 April 2009 AD:
    Ah! You definitely need a loong break!

    PS: Thanks for the post. No one can empathize with you better than me Emoticon smile.gif
  3. posted by Hannah on Monday 20 April 2009 AD:
    Stephan, wonderful wonderful writing.

    We need to start applying our social graphs to our real world graphs. If people are tweeting, we should try to meet them in person. Meeting one new person a week who you previously only knew from your computer? That's only 52 faces a year, but it beats being lonely.
  4. posted by Michael Hanna on Tuesday 28 April 2009 AD:
    Great poem Stephan
    Really sums up the reality of business travel.