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Adventures in Moscow

August 24, 2015


Back in 1993 we inherited a bit of money and decided to take the children, aged 11 and 8, somewhere interesting and different for the Christmas holidays. In those far-off times children could take time off school with the head-teacher’s permission. Our first choice was Cuba, but the flights didn’t co-ordinate well with the time available, and we took them instead to India for a month. It was all rather last-minute and the only flights we could find were by Aeroflot. With an overnight stay in Moscow, where we were mugged by a group of laughing children who appeared suddenly out of a Metro station. They got away with my purse, but 11-year-old Gabriel had the presence of mind to snatch back my passport. The next day, after hours of flying over the Caucasus, the most inhospitable-looking landscape imaginable, our flight onward to Bombay was refused permission to fly over Iran. The pilot had no option but to turn back, and we ended up spending a night at the airport hotel, locked in and listening to what we imagined to be the howling of wolves. Next day a fellow-passenger explained. Years later I wrote a short poem, and this year I entered it for the Bath Poetry Cafe competition.

Here is a rather nice review!

Click on the poem’s title if you want to read it.

Thanks to Sue Boyle, who does so much for poets and poetry in the Bath area.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2015 8:21 am

    Excellent poem, as ever, Ama

  2. October 8, 2015 11:13 am

    Thank you Jo.

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