I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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6 September 2015

On My Return
















Rain clouds gather.
I catch them
from several angles.

My strange tree
a wild weed
missed that grew

waves thin strands
its topmost branches
against the grey.

My mind goes
back to trams
in bleak Melbourne

crossing dark streets
of wind-whipped leaves
two days ago

in extreme cold
knowing: there is family
here is home.
















Top picture: over my garden, Murwillumbah, NSW, where I have just returned. 
Bottom picture: streets near Pascoe Vale South, Melbourne, Vic., where I was recently visiting family. 

The poem was not immediately understood by everyone, so I hope the words I've now added to the caption above make it clearer.

Written for Flash 55 at imaginary garden with real toads 
and also linked to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #268

38 comments:

  1. What a wonderful piece, so vivid. Greetings!

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  2. I like the narrative of this poem, Rosemary. Home is every journey's end.

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  3. Oh this is so beautiful.... loved the narration and that picture says it all :D

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  4. There is indeed no place like it - where our heart belongs..a beautiful poem that is so relatable...

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  5. It is an interesting strand that runs through from the tree of the (wild roots) to family that you are on your way to see. Ha. And what we will go through in order to see them, care for them.

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  6. I pictured you describing yourself as "strange tree a wild weed missed that grew" coming home. Beautifully written.

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  7. Nothing like sight of home on a dreary day.

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  8. So true -- the place where family is may not be where 'home' is. Home is where we want it to be, where we are most comfortably ourselves!

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  9. Family is definitely home, especially a loving one you look forward to see ~ lovely poem & photos.

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  10. This poem touched me deeply! I too am that strange tree...wild weed, missed that grew... finding home here (in the extreme cold) and family there. This is terrific.

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  11. " there is family / here is home."...how true!....

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  12. A nice tension between 'here' and 'there'--and the descriptions are very vivid and real to eye and mind .I love especially the opening and closing lines.

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  13. Home is home, i quite understand

    have a nice Sunday Rosemary

    much love...

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  14. So much happens--in the world and in the heart--during a storm, during a trip, when change and misses make themselves known.

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  15. Rosemary,
    I think understood what you intended...the clouds may endure from place to place, but home is an emotional safe house and shelter. This is a comforting idea.
    Steve K.

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  16. Home is something that might not be what you think at first. Home is what you feel is home...

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  17. Times like these I am glad I missed the weed. It greets me. Here needs me. There, I am visiting.

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  18. Susan's right. There I am visiting and it is wonderful but home is here and always calls me back. And, I think that is the way it should be.

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  19. Oh it is so nice to see home and family...mine has moved and it feels gone and missed now.

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  20. Hey Rosemary--you give a wonderful feeling here of the different angles one feels returning--the different tugs--you are succinct yet vivid. Thanks. k.

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  21. "Here is home" - says it all. Fun to go away, always great to get back to one's own little nest.

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  22. My mind goes back to trams in bleak Melbourne... I love this line!

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  23. I love your descriptions of the sky and tree!! Wonderful work. :)

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  24. in extreme cold
    knowing: there is family
    here is home.

    Home is where the heart is certainly, Rosemary!

    Hank

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  25. "wild weed missed." That is lovely. Gorgeous imagery throughout, Rosemary.

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  26. Wonderful juxtaposition of home and family against the trams of bleak Melbourne. A lovely bit of writing!

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  27. Being a hippie at heart, I could completely feel the last stanza. Beautiful imagery, works really well with the picture.

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  28. Ah, home and family... you pluck so many strings in my heart with this.

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  29. Nice 55, Rosemary.
    We much prefer Sidney to Melbourne. "Home (though,) is where your heart is," some will say. I could place my heart in Sidney.
    ..

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    1. I dislike cities, therefore Sydney is even worse than Melbourne to me. :)

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  30. I like your opening stanza, then all the way through to the end.

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  31. I relate to this fully. Once wrote of myself as the weed in my mother's garden. Love the photo, but then trees have ever been a strong current within my reality, and I really like how you moved from the tree to coming home. Thank you,

    Elizabeth

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  32. Nothing like home and family... well conveyed!

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  33. "There is family/here is home": the way that this couplet appeals to the ear really illustrates the theme and conclusion of your poem.

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