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Having Been There

Tony Pretlow
Wake. Write. Win.
Published in
1 min readMar 26, 2022


I’ve had coffee in Kona

and Mai Tais in Kuaui.

Laid on black sands in Mexico,

was in Lake Tahoe in July.

I’ve lived on both oceans, with

Lake Michigan in between.

The pizza in Chicago is the best I’ve ever seen.

I’ve driven this country from east to west in a car with no AC.

Seen sunsets in Salzburg,

Sat in cafes in Paree.

I lived in Sausalito. Hiked under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Had mud baths in Calistoga and watched too many fires get big.

I’ve been camping at Yosemite

and toured castles in Vienna.

I’ve been skiing at Alpine, when

I was just a beginner.

I was not good at taking photos of the places I have been.

I’m better known for stories that have a rhyme now and then.

My tales are many. Too many to tell it seems.

Some of the memories have been lost between marital regimes.

There were more destinations. Some I do not recall, but

those involving islands were the very best of all.

Travel while you are young. It takes energy and good health. Enjoy your youth. It lasts a short time.



Tony Pretlow
Wake. Write. Win.

Passionate. Dedicated reader and commenter. Occasional writer. I enjoy writing poetry and prose. Father of five. Happily married/retired. Northwestern U. Alum