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Home for the Holidays
Just between you and me
There was so much tumult
So long ago…
On that December night

When I think of it
Pain in my chest
Takes my breath away
I dare not venture out
Bitter words surround me
Each step I take
Like a mine field
I should be practiced
In the art of survival

I go within
Find clarity
In the fire
Of my very soul
All unkindness
Burned away
I awaken giddily
To a new day


listen, giddy, tumult, breath, venture, bitter

step, practice, within, clarity, fire, awake

Though I can not explain the reason, not all homecomings are good.

deVerse  Prompt was to write about peace.


Canyon de Chelly
Sitting still upon the ridge
Listening to desert symphony
Sounds of the wind
Blowing through the canyon

The grand father takes the two boys
By the hand
Explains how the trees
Casting dappled shadows
Growing in the bottom
Were not there
When he was a boy

Watch carefully
Desert sands rise up
And begin to dance
Leaves shiver and shake

Water stains run
Down the canyon wall
People lived here
Long ago
Another way
Another life
Left no trace

Except for the dwellings
In the walls of the canyon
Moved east followed water
Life was difficult
Yet their way was peace
The sound of the wind
In the canyon

Note:  It all happened just this way, my first visit to Cayon de Chelly, a peaceful place in Arizona.

25 thoughts on “Saturday January 6, 2013 Sunday Whirl 90 and deVerse

  1. I do know that all homecomings are not happy. We expect they will be, and that is society’s expectation. I think those homecomings that are not happy unfortunately live in one’s memory as long as, or perhaps longer than, the happy one. Very well expressed, Annell.

  2. Hi Annell. I caught this going by on my facebook wall and like how your speaker says what she says. Mine isn’t posted yet, but in some ways is similar, but more general. I love your lead from event to realisation to result. We wake with your speaker and step out to the new day.

  3. true that all homecomings are not peaceful…or happy…sadly….i am thankful for the ones that are….i went through a period of tension with my sister that made holidays really hard…and i had to keep my space or take my space at times….

  4. I like the contrast between the two poems. The peace found within in the retreat from unkindness-I can relate very much to this. Then the peace felt in nature-so soothing. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Two interesting ly contrasted poems – the wordle one a painful reminder of the sibling battles and cruelty way back in my childhood;, The peaceful one just gorgeous

  6. Perhaps homecomings are difficult when home has a different meaning..when relationships change…maybe everybody has to pause inside and let the best chimes ring out..happy Sunday to is very good to read your words and see their beautiful shape.Sunday scribblings seems absent this week.. 😦 Jae x

  7. two such different pieces, well done. I was nodding in agreement with the first one, when the second one took all that old anxiety away with its soothing tones…thanks!

  8. Annell, the first one is a sad realisation we must come to with family members at times. Well said. The second is quite peaceful and pretty.


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