| Quote #4
But surely it would have been a pity
Now the list of delightful things grows. The speaker would have been sad to miss out on the beautiful trees and their strange gestures. She's starting to think about all of the things she would have missed out on if she stayed at home, and maybe it's all those little things that are reason enough to get up off your couch and go get a stamp in your passport.
| Quote #5
—Yes, a pity not to have pondered,
Here the speaker thinks back on the mismatched tones of the clogs and the ornate birdcage. They're not just beautiful and delightful. These things inspire her to think about some pretty deep stuff. When you travel, you get to make surprising connections between things. New experiences allow you to connect clogs and birdcages, and who knows what else. Maybe that's the real reason we take to the open road.
| Quote #6
"Is it lack of imagination that makes us come
Continent, city, country, society:
Despite the fact that she's listed a whole lot of good things to come from her world exploration, the conclusion of the poem is still up in the air. (Though, to understand why we hypothesize that the poem ends on a pro-travel note, check out what we've got to say in "Summary".) Bishop refuses to give us any easy answers to her questions about world travel. Foiled again!