Poetry offers a unique approach for travel retrospectives and inspiration. The poem “I Lost A Found Man” observes two strangers divided by a language barrier, yet in some way able to communicate.
As one of the two individuals of this piece, I still recall the face of this man. Likely of Scandinavian descent, he wore a contagious smile and relaxed all day, every day, under shade along the beach of Barra de Santiago, El Salvador. While our communications were limited to expressions, it was clear that he had "found himself" upon this sandy spot. The staff of this remote destination informed me that he arrived unannounced, yet had still not checked out after a month. To this day I wonder what became of him.