Home (#poem)

I went home again
But this time was different
Initial stirrings of joy turned to emptiness
Confused, I wondered
Feeling sad
Until I knew what had changed
I had

I was not relieved
Just disappointed
For now I feared I would wander
Forever searching for home
And then I knew
Home is a feeling I have when
I’m with you

Does it matter then
What I will dwell in
Is it about the new and shiny
Or is the functional enough
Working stove, sink, air conditioning
A bed to sleep on
A place for love, laughter, and weeping

The past is gone
The memories linger on
Grateful for what’s now dead
When all is done and said
Music my new companion
Yesterday’s stories long told
Tomorrow I grow one more year old