Sunday, August 17, 2008

Home Sweet Home




After Grandpa died,
Mom told us he was back home
-thanksgiving dinner

In steerage for weeks,
They came on deck to see home
-lady liberty.

Summer camp over,
There was a long bus ride back
-home seemed to be new.

At meeting Boss says:
"I'm giving myself a raise!
-you can all go home."

Coming home again,
I felt like a stranger there
-after the war, distance.

I walked through the ward,
knowing this was home to them
-children's hospital.

When young, home was huge!
I went away to college
-then I found it small.

Victory touchdown!
After losing all season
-happy homecoming.

Copyright 2008





24 comments:

barbs.haiku said...

These are all wonderful examples of homecoming, Edward! My favorite is the first.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for these, Edward. I enjoyed the various perspectives on home--looking close, looking away and coming back. All so good!

the teach said...

Lovely Edward! They all appeal to the emotions. We all recognize them.

Let's hope we'll all come home when Obama wins. :)

gautami tripathy said...

All touch us at some level. Great verses!

strange it may seem to some

Deborah Godin said...

You reminded me of going back to my old childhood home, and also the halls of my grade school - everything was so tiny! Enjoyed your post!

Geraldine said...

Wonderful thoughts of home and homecomings. Well done Edward!

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Jim said...

Thank you Edward, these are all soooo great! The verse telling of the children's ward being home touched me the most. Mrs. Jim has worked professionally as a social worker in the children's ward of M.D.Anderson Cancer Center here.
I take you are not a Red Socks fan or they may have been mentioned, when I lived in Manchester, New Hampshire, Fenway Park was 'homecoming' of sorts to me.
Thank you for your nice comment, our Adi is a very loving dog.
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Joyce said...

Those were all so good. My favorite, though, was the one about Grandpa.

me ann my camera said...

Home represents so many things to so many people; all your examples reflect wonderfully their place of belonging or being.

Greyscale Territory said...

Really enjoyed all these home scenarios!

But the children's ward reflection ~ so poignant!

lissa said...

nice takes on home, the one about being a stranger stands out to me, perhaps homes will always be the same but you can change somehow

Lenore said...

They're all nice but I particlly like and can relate to the one about coming home and it seeming small now.

Raven said...

What a great range you have covered. They are all good. My favorites, I think, were the third, fifth and sixth.

gardenpath said...

Your second poem hit me hard. My dad told me once of returning from WW2 on the Queen Elizabeth after being wounded in Holland. The patients were brought up on deck to see the Statue of Liberty, as they came into harbor. How could of I forgotten a homecoming story like that?

Pam said...

What wonderful poems about home. I particularly enjoyed the immigrant poem. My grandmother came here through Ellis Island when she was a teenager. I have often pictured what it must have been like for her.

one more believer said...

beautiful who knew home could be so important

tumblewords said...

Great haiku for the prompt! Each one a perfect description of homecoming!

karen crone said...

These are so nice. I'm with Barb, loving the first one. Thank you.

Patois said...

I love how you saw the many facets of homecoming. Wonderful!

qualcosa di bello said...

wow!! what a group. all the emotions that flowed through me as i read them...it was amazing! & it reminded me that not every homecoming is easy or what one expects...

DeLi said...

to leave and return is always emotionally haunting

teric said...

You always give us so much to think about. I also love your sublte sense of humor.

Chad Parenteau said...

Hey, Ed. Good to see you're still coming up with these. Are you going to dip into hay(na)ku soon? I can lend you the anthology, if you like.

zoya gautam said...

..thank u for looking at homecoming with the understanding it deserves..