A Good Home, Courage, Daydreams, Exile, Family, First Home, Flowering shrubs, Flowers, Homecoming, Homeland, Poetry, Refugee


Home now to that place of your youth

The beautiful land whose  brutal truth

You fled.

Memory – that minefield – would not rest

But love and fame were in the West

You thrived.

Blog Photo - Pink Peony

The news came on and you grew  still

The anger bubbled; it made you ill

So silent.

But now to homeland you’ve returned

I pray you’ll cope, and that you’ve learned

To forgive.

Bloodroot Flower
Bloodroot Flower

I wish you peace, and even joy

In that place where you were that boy

Long ago.

Permit yourself to laugh and play

To tuck the anger back away

For now.

Crocus in Spring
Crocus in Spring

Permit yourself to have some hope

Allow yourself the needed scope

To dream.

That land you love may come to be

A place you would have loved to see

Take shape

Mature Shrubs in Bloom
Mature Shrubs in Bloom

And though that seems so far away

So distant from this present day

Take heart

Now feel the sun upon your face

The rhythm, light, and sense of place

Once home.

Forget-Me-Not in Bloom
Forget-Me-Not in Bloom

Dedicated to my friend “Chad”.

All photos by H. Grange.

A Good Home, Flowering shrubs, Flowers, Garden, Spring, Spring Bulbs, Winter

Dreaming of Spring

On this cold winter day

My dreams are of  May

The garden alive with its flowers

The sun on my face

The joy of this place

Asserting its magical powers

Blog Photo - Tulips Hosta and Forget Me Nots

Blog Photo - Lilacs and forget Me Nots

Blog Photo - Spring Trees and Flowers

It’s not that I hate you, dear Winter

It’s not that you don’t serve us well

You encourage warm hugs

You kill off bad bugs

I really do think you are swell

Blog Photo - Icy Winter evening

But on this winter day

I wish you would stray

To some place that’s missing you so

And bring them your gifts

Of cold and snow drifts

While my flowers bloom all in a row.

Blog Photo - Arbor in Winter

Photos by Hamlin Grange