I find reading short funny poems, are one way to ease life's frustrations....another way which is equally as enjoyable is eating chocolate! It is probably why I like this poem so much!
The short funny poem outlined, is one I found in a book many years ago. I was in my 20's, backpacking and walking the moors of Dartmoor.
As my friend and I squelched our way up and down the hills and bogs of Dartmoor, we came upon a couple who told us about a popular pastime called 'Letter boxing'.
It sounded fun and exciting, no matter that we did not have a map or grid references or even a compass we decided we would give it ago anyway.
Our day was fun, exhausting and extremely frustrating. We were very proud as we did end up finding two letterboxes, but as the day wore on and we became increasingly wet, damp and cold, warm clothes, a pint of beer and dinner started to sound pretty good.
The mist began to descend as we made our way towards the town and we joked that we hoped the great hound from the Sherlock Holmes novel 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles' had no element of truth.
We made our way into Dartmoor and set up camp in the local campground behind the pub. It is here that I found this amusing little poem. I hope you like it!
More Dartmoor Letterboxes
by Anne Swinscow
Armed with compass, apples and lots of chocolate, we strode out briskly along the track to the first grid reference. There after a lot of searching.....
we eventually consoled ourselves with chocolate.......and set off for our 2nd grid reference. Better luck on the open moor, we thought......
Oh dear......again we sat and ate chocolate.
By this time our reserves were beginning to run out - and we still had our third box to 'find'.
This would be easier because there was a clearly winding stream which helped us get our bearings just right.......and then we searched.......and still we searched....
and the wind howled - but still we poked into every nook and cranny, and the rain poured - but intrepidly we kept on.
Until at last we admitted defeat - huddled on the top of a craggy rock....
and found to our dismay.......that we'd lost the chocolate. So endith our first day of letter boxing.
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