Thursday, May 31, 2018

Home

Stamp Falls, Port Alberni, B.C.


All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying 
to get back to where it was. - Toni Morrison


Like the river, 
I was always headed
to the sea,
my heart lulled only 
by the gentle lap
of waves upon the sand.

It took me ten years,
and then twenty more,
to reach its shores.

I travelled
by cellular memory
and inner compass.
Like a single drop of water,
the ocean filled
my DNA.

A homing pigeon
flew me over the mountain.
An orange ball of fire
setting behind the hills
welcomed me in.

One step upon the sand,
and the questing, seeking
voice in me was stilled,
and I was home.


for Sanaa's prompt at Real Toads: Water


14 comments:

  1. This is beyond beautiful, Sherry!💞 Especially love that homing pigeon.

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  2. well penned Sherry a beautiful poem

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  3. Nice. luv the sated ending. Happy you dropped by my blog today Sherry

    much love...

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  4. What I like about the sea is that it speaks to you sometimes with gentle lapping waves and sometimes with roaring angry surf. Who wouldn't enjoy living by the sea ss I do myself (well most people in Australia are pretty close to it!).

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  5. A lovely and satisfying write Sherry. Yes, the homing pigeon winging its way home to the sea.

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  6. The sea is a natural lullaby and there's nothing else like it. I also returned to the sea. I love the lines:
    'I travelled
    by cellular memory
    and inner compass.
    Like a single drop of water,
    the ocean filled
    my DNA'.

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  7. "Home again," that is the key, and perhaps we are all looking for "home." I am so glad you made it, you stand as a beacon, to all those who seek.

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  8. What I most admire is that you never gave up the belief that you would get there in the end.

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  9. stunning poem and expression of the journey Sherry - and I have always loved that quote by Toni Morrison -

    and great image by the way - I could sit there and be content and die ....

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  10. A beach baby finds her way, with a little help. A fun trip, Sherry.
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    1. Whups, no Sherry, we live in Texas at Katy, a suburb west of Houston. I didn't mean to mislead, sorry if I did. Starting December, 2013, we cruised around New Zealand and sailed over to Tasmania and disembarked at Sydney. We stayed there a few days and really liked it.
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  11. well they say we're 80% water anyways, so certainly you found your way home ~

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  12. I'm so glad you have reached the shore!

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