At the Centre of the World
Let there be light (and warmth).
Fed up with the brass-monkey weather
and dark that descends before four p.m.
I need a place that it is more congenial,
that is warm and has lots of daylight
and I considered the land of Montezuma.
Mexico has warmth but an early sunset
and although it is my favourite nation
just one condition would have been met.
After further research, I believe I found
the very spot in Arizona: and it’s Yuma.
The temperature is twenty centigrade
and the sun will go down at 17.33.
I can enjoy the sunshine until twilight
– a fair proposition that will satisfy me –
but what other attractions for a tourist?
In the Historic Downtown, plenty to see;
at the North End, one can shop or dine.
Or in the Territorial Prison one can snap
one’s own mugshot, front and profile
showing together on one photograph.
Felicity is nearby where a pyramid stands
to mark the exact centre of the world
that visitors can enter for a small fee.
A plaque says that it is the ‘official’ spot,
who are we to say it isn’t, and disagree?
An eager beaver very keen on travel
and in search of enlightenment and fun,
I’m packing my bags for an early start.
I’m sure I won’t be disappointed and say
“Let there be light and plenty of sun.”
© Luigi Pagano 2019