Posted by: John Looker | 10 July, 2022

Marco Polo on the Silk Road

Here’s a fourth poem from my recent book on the theme of the journey, the quest, the odyssey:

This poem was originally written for a daughter as she set off on her travels. Later I included it in Shimmering Horizons – in Part III which reflects on ten legendary travellers from around the world. I’m posting one each week for a while.

Shimmering Horizons was published in 2022 by Bennison Books and is available through Amazon at minimal price. In Britain it may be borrowed through public libraries from the National Poetry Library.

There are more extracts from the book on a separate page of this blog: one poem from each of the seven parts of the book.


  1. A vision not many are able to conjure .. but there you are.

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    • Hi Peter. Good to hear from you – and thanks.


  2. Crafting a poem that rhymes without being forced onto meaning is quite an accomplishment.


    • Hello Brian. Thanks for reading, and thank you very much for your comment which I really appreciate.


  3. That has to be on of your best, John!


    • Thanks Tom – you’re a great encouragement!


  4. A capturing and reflection on a wondrous journey! I don’t know how you do it in such short a space!

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