I'm Always Coming Home: A Poem About Homesickness

Resort, Mudjuimba, Queensland
Resort, Mudjuimba, Queensland | Source

I'm Always Coming Home

Wherever I may travel

On a road that's near or far,

Whatever mode of transport

Be it plane, or train, or car.

∞ † ∞† ∞ † ∞ † ∞ † ∞

Whoever travels by my side

Through this land or overseas,

My heart remains within these walls

Of my home among the trees.

∞ † ∞† ∞ † ∞ † ∞ † ∞

Though I've been to Scottish castles

And the Parthenon in Greece,

For the humble place where I grew up

My yearning doesn't cease.

∞ † ∞† ∞ † ∞ † ∞ † ∞

Adventure sometimes calls me

To exotic foreign shores,

Bankok or New York City,

Dubai or Singapore.

∞ † ∞† ∞ † ∞ † ∞ † ∞

But journeys always have to end

And travellers cease to roam,

So despite the wonders of the world

I'm always coming home.

There's No Place Like Home
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© 2016 John Hansen

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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois

Oh John this is so beautiful and so very true. I spent Christmas with my son and family in Arkansas, and they wanted me to buy a house in their subdivision but it wasn't home. That old cliché, " There's no place like home. " Illinois is my home and I was happy to be back. I loved all the places you mentioned in your poem, I've never been to any of them. Loved your pictures too.


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Jackie Lynnley 11 months ago from The Beautiful South

To coin a phrase or two, "There's no place like home!" and "Home is where the heart is!"

You said it beautifully John, in the perfect style with rhythm to my ears. I will always love your poetry.


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MizBejabbers 11 months ago

You said it , John, and so beautifully. I think there is a metaphysical reason behind why we long for home after we've been away for awhile.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ruby. I am sure it was tempting to move close to your family, but deep down you know in your heart where you belong.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are always so kind with your comments Jackie, and those two phrases are spot on. I am so glad you enjoy my poetry.


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Ericdierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We are not made really equal. But in my home all are equal. I cannot find that abroad or next door. While my walls may be a prison they are my walls and I welcome them. I think they welcome me also.


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Missy Smith 11 months ago from Florida

This is a really nice poem, John. It describes how home should feel to everyone. However, there are those among us who didn't have such a great home to grow up in and some that are just lonely today with no one to come home to. I don't know if it is a good thing that I think of those when I read such a nice poem, but I hope it shows that I'm a compassionate person rather than just the downer type. lol

You know what is great about your poetry and your other writing though? Take this poem and the Cackleberry series; you invite people into your home with the warm way you write about your home and life. It gives a great feeling. :) Home should be where your heart lives no matter where you roam.


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CarlySullens 11 months ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Lovely poem, John. Home is such a nice feeling to have, whether it be a place or person. I like the sentiment in this poem and it made me feel that longing to travel as well as to come home to someting, someone. Thank you for sharing yourself.


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whonunuwho 11 months ago from United States

Great poetry my friend and we're always returning home, if only in our dreams. whonu


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clivewilliams 11 months ago from Nibiru

beautiful john.


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Venkatachari M 11 months ago from Hyderabad, India

This is always true, John. I experienced this feeling always whenever I had to travel to other places either on job work or to spend holidays with relatives. I always longed to return to my home as soon as possible. This is one great instinct which is so beautiful.


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CrisSp 11 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is so me! Always coming home because really, there's no place like home.

Delightful piece indeed with great images.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Eric, we are all equal in our own home and don't have to compete with anyone else. Some may see home as a prison but not me.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Missy you make very good points in your comment. Some people do not have good experiences of their home life in which case they would much rather be away and travel (as in your situation). Home is where the heart is or vise versa. Thank you for your kind words about my poetry.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Carly, thank you for reading this poem and for your kind comment. Setting out on travels and returning home can both be equally enjoyable.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you whonu. Sometimes our travelling adventures are in our dreams as well.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Clive, much appreciated.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Venkat. I haven't travelled as widely as I would like to but when I do I still always look forward to returning home. Glad you have similar feelings.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Cris, I can see how you would relate to this. Regularly flying to other places would make you yearn for your lovely home an your pjs and socks :)


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Buildreps 11 months ago from Europe

Great poem, and so true!


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Buildreps. Glad you can relate.


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Kylyssa 11 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Finding a home is a lovely feeling. You've captured it well.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to get your comment Kylyssa and much appreciated. Home is often the best place of all


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Eldon Arsenaux 11 months ago from Cooley, Texas

Just what I needed this morning Jodah!

-E.G.A.


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vasantha T k 11 months ago from Bangalore

Beautiful poem.


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billybuc 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

John, like a fine wine, you are getting better with age. This was, is, and always will be, beautiful.


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Missy Smith 11 months ago from Florida

I wanted to come back and say those pictures are gorgeous! I love the ship!


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The Subjugator 11 months ago from Howrah, West Bengal , India

classic poem.


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mckbirdbks 11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello John and Happy New Years. You have summed up your feelings with clever twists and turns as you wander through your travels and yet always have your eye on home. Perfect poetry for the season.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading E.G.A. I hope you had a great day.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Vasantha, your comment is much appreciated.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the great comment Bill, I wish I had started writing earlier.. I'd be a pretty good drop by now.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for revisiting Missy. I had those pictures and wanted to showcase them somehow, so wrote a poem to suit :)


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi The Subjugator, thank for appreciating this poem. Have a great week.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Happy New Year to you Mike, thank you for your generous review of this poem. Your opinion is always very welcome and appreciated.


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Carb Diva 11 months ago

Oh John, this is beautiful. No matter where we go, a dream vacation, an idyllic weekend escape, a trip of a lifetime...there is no place like home.


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drbj 11 months ago from south Florida

Home is where the heart is, Jodah. Thank you for reminding us with your lovely poetry and compelling photos.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Carb Diva, thank you for reading and your kind words.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sure is drbj, my pleasure thank you for reading.


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AliciaC 11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the rhythm in this poem, Jodah. The photos are lovely, too.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Alicia, I was hoping the rhythm worked our successfully. Glad you liked the images too.


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Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

No matter how much I enjoy a place, it isn't home unless it's home.

Beautifully written.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

That's exactly how I feel Larry. Thanks for the generous comment.


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bravewarrior 11 months ago from Central Florida

John, this is so true. There's nothing like the comfort of home and your own bed. It's nice to get away and see different places, but coming home is always the best part of the journey.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 11 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Beautiful poetry, lovely sentiments and loved the pictures. As they say home is where the heart is.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Gypsy, it is an honor to have your poetry appreciated by your poet peers.


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MsDora 11 months ago from The Caribbean

Love the message, to which, I can relate. There's no place like home.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna, We seem to share a lot of the same thoughts. I totally agree....no other bed can compare to one's own that's for sure.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDora, and you live in such a beautiful place so I can understand your sentiment.


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Dana Tate 11 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful poem and I loved the pictures. Happy New Years!


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Dana my friend, I always appreciate your kind comments on my hubs. I hope you have a blessed New Year too.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 11 months ago

This is just awesome Jodah! I love it so much, I shared and will continue to tweet it out. There is no place like home. And while I read your work, I am comforted with your words and consider your writing the most beautiful ever to read. The words you use always allow me to have just what I need to read, when I need to read it. Thank you!

May all your dreams come true in 2016! God Bless you! ((((( John ))))))


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

This is one of the most humbling comments I have ever received Jo. I am touched that you find my writing beautiful to read and that I seem to write things that are appropriate to you at the time you need them. Thank you for sharing and tweeting, I always appreciate your support and encouragement. God bless you too.


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Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago

John, I must agree with Jo, this is beautiful and I need this also.

Happy New year

Blessings and Hugs to you and yours.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Shyron, thank you for reading, glad you needed this too. Happy New Year and hugs to you as well.


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DDE 11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Jodah I know what that means ''home is where the heart is.'' I miss my home. Nothing feels good enough without that visit back home. A Happy New Year to you.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I hope you get the opportunity to visit your home in South Africa now and then Devika, Yes, home is definitely where the heart is. Happy New Year.


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annart 11 months ago from SW England

Beautiful! And those illustrations are stunning, especially the first one - breathtaking!

Like you, I always like coming home where I feel comfortable and have all my treasures around me, including family of course.

Ann


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

There is certainly "no place like home" Ann. Glad you enjoyed this poem and the pics.


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manatita44 11 months ago from london

No place like home, and indeed more so metaphorically speaking. Your boat is a symbol of the journey and HOME, the Golden Shore of the Beyond.

Your poem rhymes exceptionally well. Not all can do this, but you've done a few. Well done bro. Higher blessings.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your positive review of my poem manatita, especially the metaphorical symbol of the boat and the rhyme. Blessings.


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Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton

wonderfully written, reminds me of those old 1940 and 50's lyrics to a Glen Miller, or Sinatra song.. awesome my friend..


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Frank, yeah I guess the style of this does take one back to those days of the 40s and 50s. Thanks for reading buddy.


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rjbatty 11 months ago from Irvine

This poem conforms nicely with the Buddhist concept of "wherever you, go, there you are." It's basically a message that wherever we go, whatever we do, we remain a constant fixture within our own psyche. However much I enjoy travel -- especially to foreign countries -- I'm always very happy to get home. No more passport issues, no more language barrier, no more cultural difference. In order for anyone to appreciate living in America, they must travel and see the contrast on a personal level. The US is riddled with flaws but I wouldn't prefer to live anywhere else -- no matter how scenic/historic. The US is still a frontier kind of land, being filled with people from across the globe. Yes, we have personal security issues. Our agencies work overtime to ensure our safety at the risk of all of us being entries to a massive database. It seems dehumanizing but I'd prefer an intrusive government governance to wondering whether my next visit to McDonalds may end up with someone detonating a suicide jacket. It gives me some measure of assurance that our over-protective government is doing its best to ensure that I don't end up splattered on a wall. No need to respond unless you feel compelled to do so. The short of it is that I hooked into your poem, and it brought a lot of thoughts to my mind.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to see you rj, and your in-depth comment just adds to the value of my hub. I like to travel now and then, but like you I dislike the process to get places..passports, customs etc....even parking at the airport. No matter where I go I always look forward to returning home to Australia for many of the same reasons as you list about the USA. Apart from all our dangerous creatures, I think this is one of the safest countries on the planet.


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lambservant 11 months ago from Pacific Northwest

Absolutely delightful.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Cheers Lori, thanks.


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rjbatty 11 months ago from Irvine

Jodah: I've always wanted to visit Australia. It's somewhere at the top of my list. Here in the US we get a very mixed view about Australia -- some of it glamorizing the place while other writers focus on weird, dangerous animals. I suppose both are true to some extent. I actually don't know what I'd do if I ever got there. I have a fascination for both city life and the outback. I think my fantasy is just to explore in a random fashion and see what comes with it. I've been to Europe and really hate the language barrier. I'm too lazy to try learning French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, so the prospect of visiting another English-speaking continent seems highly attractive. It would be a long trip from California. I'd probably end up with blood clots in my legs leading to a floating embolism suddenly clogging up my defective heart. I want to visit Australia because it almost seems like a distant planet. Are the people anything like Americans? Which way does their culture bend the most -- conservative or liberal. I have to add that I'm really glad our two countries can find harmonious ground. The fact that Australia has followed the US in some really questionable wars is rather touching. Was Australia merely following the UKs lead or did they independently decide to back up the Yanks? I have a lot of questions thus a personal visit would be highly edifying.


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aviannovice 11 months ago from Stillwater, OK

That was very endearing, and it is true that home is where the heart is.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I tried to reply to this through email but it didn't work, so I have placed it on your Elvira hub. Cheers RJ.


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Absolutely! Home is home. There's nothing like it. We can jubilanlty say that the penultimate peace of mind rests in home... sweet home :)


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Surabhi, home is the one place I can truly relax..my favourite place.


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lollyj lm 11 months ago from Washington KS

Your poetry is always so thought provoking and soul satisfying. Your thoughts expressed through poetry brighten my day.


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FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

John, you are getting better and better as a poet. I enjoyed this.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Lollyj, it makes my day when my poetry brightens yours.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Flourish..much appreciated.


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ocfireflies 10 months ago from North Carolina

My Sweet, Sweet Jodah aka John,

How I LOVE this poem. I, too seek adventure while knowing there is security awaiting wherever I call home: home. 2015 was tough to say the least and 2016 has started off to quote The Waterboys, "With a Bang." Hoping you and yours are well and warm.

Many Blessings Always and so Happy I was able to comment finally on many hubs with only having two restarts of this blanket-blank computer...

Kim


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Welcome back My Dear Kim,

I have so missed your hubs and beautiful comments. I know 2015 was very challenging for you, but you survived it, and I hope when you say 2016 is "off with a bang" I hope that is a positive bang. I am so glad you can relate to this poem. I have really been inspired with my writing and have already written four hubs this year. I hope I can keep it up. I hope this year makes up for last year and is the best you have had in ages. Hugs.


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gerimcclym 10 months ago from Colorado

Jodah, I loved the words to this poem and can relate to the love for travel and adventure, and also the longing for the comfort and safety of home. The images are spectacular and also add to the tone of the poem.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Geri, glad you can relate to the sentiments of the poem. Sometimes I wonder how my poetry will stand up alone without accompanying images. Maybe I need to publish some elsewhere with no images and find out.


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ocfireflies 10 months ago from North Carolina

John,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am off to read another one of your hubs. I know it is going to take me some time, but I am really trying to catch up. As it was -11° this morning, hugs are especially nice.

Smiles,

Kim


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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Hi John,

What a beautiful poem that speaks to all of our hearts about coming back home. It is always wonderful to travel, but returning home and knowing you have a place to call home to return to is a blessing in this life.

I love the style of this poem, like music to one's ears. I see I have much reading to catch up on, and it will be an enjoyable adventure to do so!

Peace and blessings


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Firstly, good to see you back gracing HubPages Theresa. Thank you for your kind remarks about this poem. I think it resonates with most people...home is where the heart is. I have been very active here so far this year, hope I can keep up. Peace and blessings.


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DREAM ON 10 months ago

When I travel I appreciate other places but for me there is no place like home. Your hub was wonderful and your words and pictures sent my mind flying a hundred miles an hour. Bringing back to each plane ride where I fly over the world that I hardly kn0w. Thank you so much.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It was my pleasure to share this Dream On, and it makes my day to hear that something I write is appreciated so much.


flakycrustedmemry 10 months ago

Beautiful poem, it touched my heart. You have a talent keep writing, your a diamond in the rough. You just need that one person to discover your talent. I hope you publish a book of poetry someday, if you already haven't.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that extremely generous comment flakycrustedmemry. I have published an eBook of poetry in two forms "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" (available at iBook and Lulu.com) hint hint, but I hope to publish more (and maybe a paperback) when I feel like braving the formatting dragon again.


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prairieprincess 10 months ago from Canada

Love it! So simple and sweet. It is a blessing to have a home that is truly home, and that makes travelling even the sweeter. Nice to "meet" you, and I am your latest follower. Take care!


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Prairieprincess, Well that was a pleasant surprise to have such a wonderful comment and a new follower. Nice to meet you too, and I love the name. I'll just pop over and check your profile.


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RTalloni 7 months ago from the short journey

A cute poem that holds an ages-old truth!


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading RTalloni. Appreciated.


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old albion 2 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi John. Simple and heartfelt a true delight.

Graham.


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you, Graham. I greatly appreciate that kind comment.


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah.....I promise you, no pun intended but this one truly hit home for me.


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Paula, that was really punny :) I am glad you could relate to this, though. Thanks for reading.

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