A poem that captures the "why" of Vail

Club Vail ©

 

Shall I tell you a story, enchantingly true

When I came to a valley where the old become new

Where the life blood is given to Shangri-La’s tale

Where the sun never sets and the snows never fail

 

How I turned and descended and saw with delight

The valley, the stream, and the mountainous height

Bathed bright in the sun, colors lustrous bold

This place, I did wonder what mysteries hold

 

So leaving the high road, I wandered about

Being tired and thirsty, in need of a stout

I entered a pub that was full of a race

Of folk smiling and joking and living with grace

 

I could take it no longer, so says I to one

Who are you, how is it you all have such fun

He clasped me by hand and smiled me a smile

Said he’d tell me it all if I’d sit there a while

 

So I sat and I listened and drank as he spoke

Of the time he was me before joining these folk

His tale so familiar, the things that he said

Of his climb to the top, of the life that he led

When he wore the dark suit and the tie and the shoes

Called meetings, wrote memos, and waited on news

That they got it! They did it! Could celebrate now!

Til they started all over, reinventing the how

 

See the two in the corner, he asked, as I turned

He did this and she that, both ends the two burned

Now he’s eighty, bionic, and she’s seventy-three

As they run hither thither and hike, bike, and ski

But we’re all of us “them,” he said with a wink

And spying my glass, raised a hand for more drink

It’s not magic my friend, not a lamp you can rub

Would you care for the secret of joining our club

 

Yes I would! said a voice greatly startling me

It was I asking next, how much is the fee

By the ring of his laugh it was perfectly clear

That spirit meant more to membership here

 

You see, said the man, we’re no different than you

But have stake in the valley, believe in it too

And that binds us together and shows us the way

For the child buried in us to come out and play

 

So join us and be us, and savor our life

Of reaping the joy and defeating the strife

For soon this will end, our time here to stay

When God calls us home at the end of the day

 

I nodded agreement, for I knew he was right

Bid adieu and departed, soon missing the sight

And the rest of the story, I think you might tell

How I moved to the valley and joined the Club Vail

 

So I’ve told you the story, the mystery true

Of the valley, my home, where the old become new

Where the life blood is given to Shangri-La’s tale

Where the sun never sets and the snows never fail