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  • Gerald Washington shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Windmills

    When I first saw you
    Your height & weight amazed me
    When I learned that you had family members & friends all over the area
    It was hard to keep my attention on the road

    The thought of pulling over and observing came over me
    There’s something about them that puts me at peace
    What little stress I had has ceased
    This wonder I feel gives me great joy

    I never thought Windmills would be amazing to see in person
    Until this very moment
    Seeing them spin around has me hypnotized
    A part of me doesn’t want to leave the area

    The beach I’m heading to was supposed to be the main destination
    These incredible objects weren’t a part of the plan
    The water will have to wait until tomorrow
    The windmills have won me over for the day

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    • Gerald, you make me want to see windmills in person. The structures of a windmill that spin around in the wind to provide energy to nearby areas always amazes me. I always knew they were amazing, but now that you worded it like this I want to see one. I want to feel that feeling of peace and joy just by looking at it. This is incredibly relatable to something that makes you want to feel stress-free.

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      • Good. I’m glad Kayjah! You’ll love them when you get a chance to see one or a lot of them. You’ll get that feeling of peace and joy seeing them. It’s something about seeing them and feeling their energy that relaxes your mind and body. There are a lot of Windmills here in Texas near Corpus Christi. It’s an army of them in that area! I hope you get to experience that feeling soon.

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    • Gerald,

      I enjoyed reading your poem. It ignited an old memory I have of days gone by when I was somewhat of a world traveler. In Denmark there is an entire fleet of windmills off of the coastline that generates a great majority of the power used by the entire country. Sometimes the winds there are so powerful that they even damage the windmills. It was one of the most beautiful sites you will ever see, rows upon rows of windmills generating power for a nation to use. Inland there are even more of them, some upwards of 150 years old that are now maintained as museums for the enjoyment of all that visit! If you get the chance to visit I’m sure you’d be blown away (pun intended) by the sight of them.

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      • Roger,

        I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. That’s a cool memory you wrote about! You was in Denmark? I so envy you (in a positive way lol). Those windmills sound powerful and I totally believe you that it’s a beautiful site. I would love to visit Denmark (and all of Europe really) someday. Traveling out of the U.S has been a dream of mine for years now. Appreciate you sharing this amazing memory.

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        • I am lucky to have been able to do what traveling I did. I also nearly moved to Germany for a job but it was right as my Mother first started getting sick. I turned down an offer to work for Daimler Benz because there wouldn’t have been anyone to care for my Mom otherwise.

          I have extended family that still live in Ireland and I visited there the most. There are companies that offer trips to Ireland that include a driving tour across the country with a rental car for around 1500 dollars.

          Another benefit that allowed me to travel as much as I did was that I had forged friendships with many different people in places across Europe. This allowed me to have somewhere to stay for relatively little cost other than airfare or train tickets. My best suggestion would be to start with the UK and Ireland and move inland from there. I’ve still got Sweden and Iceland as the big unfulfilled places on my list and then someday visit Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

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          • You were for sure. I totally understand you turning down that job in Germany to look after your mom. That’s awesome that you have family in Ireland. I bet Ireland is a beautiful country. I appreciate that info on trips to
            Ireland. That’s great you were able to make friendships with people across Europe. I was able to make a friend that lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She had wanted me to come to visit the Glasgow a few times, but I didn’t feel like I could afford the trip. Thanks for the tips! I want to do one continent at a time. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a big deal! I hope you get that chance someday.

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