After my last trip to England a poet friend asked me if it was a “going home, going home trip”. She was inquiring whether going to England is ‘going home’ and then from England returning to Colorado is ‘going home’. Where is Home? What do we mean by Home? Is it a feeling? Is it a place?
Am I going home whichever way I cross the Atlantic? Am I at home wherever I arrive?
What I learnt is that I can be at home and find community in either place.
And that’s a privilege.
Journal prompt: Where is home for you? Is it where you currently live or where you have come from?
The idea of home, both literally and metaphorically, has been a subject for many poets from Robert Browning‘s Home Thoughts from Abroad to TS Eliot‘s Four Quartets and contemporary poets like Mary Oliver and David Whyte. Writers Tony Morrison & Marilynne Robinson among others have written novels entitled Home.
Mixed media journal prompt:
Collect photographs or make sketches of all the houses in which you’ve lived. Make them into one picture – put them all in the same street. Create the street of your life.
Then write a description of the street:
either go from house to house visiting each one in turn
or write architectural descriptions – create your own Pevsner chapter.
I’ve definitely been ‘at home’ this Christmas – and I hope you have too.