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A Pathetic Homecoming

by Sandy M. Humphrey

I knock on the old carved French doors hoping to gain reentrance
My knuckles echo on the aged wood and the hinges creak
With the heaviness from age or lack of use as I slowly push open one door
Peaking into the dimness of the library I had left sitting for so long

Cobwebs tickle my nose and nestle in my hair as I step over the threshold
Wind rushes in behind me refreshing the stagnant stale air with fresh
I stand still observing pages left half written scattered across a table
Books left lying open, some stacked on top of one another

Others spines straining toward the ceiling
Resembling yoga downward dog position
Shelves sigh with relief as I dust off a book
Thumbing through pages not yet read

Sunlight streams through curtains parting
Dust fairies dancing in the golden streams
Kicking off my shoes I curl into my favorite chair
Making myself comfortable intending

Never to neglect this library, these familiar friends,
And all of these stories and poetry again
Slicing through the silence a whisper in the wind
“Welcome Home Poet, we were wondering where you have been”


Author's Note: Someplaces you can return to, and though I have browsed many a poem, I haven't been here for awhile but it does feel like coming home today. smh

Posted on 04/04/2011
Copyright © 2024 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 04/04/11 at 09:54 PM

...sMh, soooo glad to see your laconic words ... 'em kid-chores keepin' you busy? good write for what ails ya'.

Posted by V. Blake on 04/04/11 at 10:21 PM

We're all glad to have you back, Sandy, and this is an excellent piece of writing to mark your return. Might wanna fix that title though. :)

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 04/05/11 at 10:37 AM

Welcome back! ~HUGS mel

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/05/11 at 05:08 PM

I think anyone who reads this will feel it, will have felt the walk in your shoes, relate with your feelings, and -for sure- want to kiss your pen for the blessing. This is a gem for April's National Poetry Month!

Posted by Maria Massarella on 04/07/11 at 12:19 AM

I love the welcome-whisper in the wind, and the way the entire poem is a captivating read...

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/07/11 at 11:32 PM

I loved the details of this library and your settling back in. Thank you.

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 04/08/11 at 03:09 AM

Wonderful metaphor and imagery, and certainly a sentiment with which we can identify. Good to have you back, Sandy!

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 04/11/11 at 12:41 PM

I agree with all said before me. Welcome back, Sandy!

Posted by Paganini Jones on 04/13/11 at 11:30 AM

Id does, doesn't it: feel like coming home. Welcome back.

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