Monday, August 25, 2008

Backpackers Song - a song of new nomads

Peter, Johannes and Alfred (from UK & Austria)
at ServiceWorld Backpackers Hostel, Singapore
Picture taken on 25th October, 2008

Backpackers Song

Hey ho, we are backpackers on the go,
Nomads of this century and long ago,
Ready for far horizon, hot or cold
Ready for challenges, new and bold.

Like camels struggling across the desert sand,
Take big strides or strive in no-man’s land.
Like fairy-tale heroes in the wild, wild wood,
Fly or flee; run, rush or pause, whatever the cause or mood.

We are nomads in life’s prairies, green or lean,
See strange places and things, long lost or unseen.
Dare to be here or there - to seek life, love and beauty rare,
Without a care, nor bother about who stop and stare.

Just pack away your troubles into the garret.
Life is to be lived; it’s too short for regret.
Hey ho, young and old, come and join the pack -
As nomads on the go and ready to trek or track
Round the world with your pack on your back,
Ever ready to pack and pack and then unpack.

Poem - Andrew Yip
Photo: "Sunrise" and "The narrow lane of oblivion" - Yip Cheong-Fun

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