I should like to rise and go   
Where the golden apples grow;—   
Where below another sky   
Parrot islands anchored lie,   
And, watched by cockatoos and goats,
Lonely Crusoes building boats;—   
Where in sunshine reaching out   
Eastern cities, miles about,   
Are with mosque and minaret   
Among sandy gardens set,
And the rich goods from near and far   
Hang for sale in the bazaar,—   
Where the Great Wall round China goes,   
And on one side the desert blows,   
And with bell and voice and drum
Cities on the other hum;—   
Where are forests, hot as fire,   
Wide as England, tall as a spire,   
Full of apes and cocoa-nuts   
And the negro hunters’ huts;—
Where the knotty crocodile   
Lies and blinks in the Nile,   
And the red flamingo flies   
Hunting fish before his eyes;—   
Where in jungles, near and far,
Man-devouring tigers are,   
Lying close and giving ear   
Lest the hunt be drawing near,   
Or a comer-by be seen   
Swinging in a palanquin;—
Where among the desert sands   
Some deserted city stands,   
All its children, sweep and prince,   
Grown to manhood ages since,   
Not a foot in street or house,
Not a stir of child or mouse,   
And when kindly falls the night,   
In all the town no spark of light.   
There I’ll come when I’m a man   
With a camel caravan;
Light a fire in the gloom   
Of some dusty dining-room;   
See the pictures on the walls,   
Heroes, fights and festivals;   
And in a corner find the toys
Of the old Egyptian boys.
 
1913

Poems by This Author

After Reading "Antony and Cleopatra" by Robert Louis Stevenson
As when the hunt by holt and field
Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
In winter I get up at night
Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson
What are you able to build with your blocks?
Christmas at Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson
The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand
Envoy by Robert Louis Stevenson
Go, little book, and wish to all
My House, I Say by Robert Louis Stevenson
My house, I say. But hark to the sunny doves
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me
My Wife by Robert Louis Stevenson
Trusty, dusky, vivid, true
Picture-books in Winter by Robert Louis Stevenson
Summer fading, winter comes
Pirate Story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Three of us afloat in the meadow by the swing
Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Under the wide and starry sky
Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
The Celestial Surgeon by Robert Louis Stevenson
If I have faltered more or less
The Dumb Soldier by Robert Louis Stevenson
When the grass was closely mown,
The Land of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was sick and lay a-bed
The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson
From Breakfast on through all the day
The Land of Story-books by Robert Louis Stevenson
At evening when the lamp is lit
The Sick Child by Robert Louis Stevenson
O Mother, lay your hand on my brow!
The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson
To My Mother by Robert Louis Stevenson
You too, my mother, read my rhymes
Underwoods: Epigram by Robert Louis Stevenson
Of all my verse, like not a single line
Where Go the Boats? by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dark brown is the river
Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson
Whenever the moon and stars are set
Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson
Late lies the wintry sun a-bed


Further Reading

Poems about Travel
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely [On the bus two women argue]
by Claudia Rankine
And the Trains Go On
by Philip Levine
Baudelaire in Airports
by Amy King
California Plush
by Frank Bidart
Cattails
by Nikky Finney
Dark Matter
by Jack Myers
Evening Song
by Sherwood Anderson
Flying
by Sarah Arvio
Go Greyhound
by Bob Hicok
I am Raftery the Poet
by Anthony Raftery
Looking for The Gulf Motel
by Richard Blanco
Manifest Destiny
by Cynthia Lowen
Out-of-the-Body Travel
by Stanley Plumly
Passing Through Albuquerque
by John Balaban
Road Warriors
by Charles Wright
Slow Waltz Through Inflatable Landscape
by Christian Hawkey
Souvenir from Anywhere
by Harryette Mullen
The Bus through Jonesboro, Arkansas
by Matthew Henriksen
The Highwayman
by Alfred Noyes
The Strange Hours Travelers Keep
by August Kleinzahler
The Tinajera Notebook
by Forrest Gander
The Traveling Onion
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Travel
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Traveling
by Malena Mörling
Traveling Light
by Linda Pastan
Trip Hop
by Geoffrey Brock
Window
by Carl Sandburg
Window Seat: Providence to New York City
by Jacqueline Osherow