This picture was actually taken in February 1997 when I did a
Royal Caribbean cruise from the Thailand to Singapore. The Sun Viking was a small ship, carrying only about 600 passengers, but it was one of the most memorable cruises of my life.
Prior to that sailing, I visited India for the first time, spending ten days with Odelio Santos, his lovely, wife, Lorna, and their son, Nick. Jake, had yet to make his debut.
Once, on board the ship, I met my tablemates for the cruise and, two couples, have now been friends for 18 years. Jenny and Steve Clark, at the time, had a 14th century manor house in Godalming, Surrey, England - he was a 747 pilot with British Air and she was a hospice nurse. Honor and Willie Paterson owned a pub in Berick-upon-Tweed, just a few miles from the Scottish border.
Since that cruise, I've been to England several times to visit the Clarks, with the Patersons joining us on one occasion, we've all met up in Sarasota where Willie and Honor opened a assisted living facility after giving up the pub, and the Clarks met me twice for a Barcelona rendevous.
Anyway, on our overnight in Bali, this incredible dance troupe came on board and I was in awe of the exquisite performances, especially this dancer, with her hand movements, her beautiful Balinese dress, the memories they left me with that remain to this day. I chose this picture as the cover for my first ever poetry book, "Life's Journey," which was published in 1994.
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