Made Things

Atlas Girl–Why it Always Feels Good to Come Home

I always come home to you,

Your smile, your arms, your lips.
Like the anchors of a ship,
Tethering my wandering, wondering heart.

There is a safety in our past,
Landmarks of history,
Reminding me why I’m here
And what my life is about.
Tree lined highways waving me by
horizons heading me towards home.

I’ve charted my path, traveling
not in circles, but meteoric spurts
up and out, fierce bursts of energy,
then a quiet return.

For ever and always back again to you.
In the early days of my marriage I would run away a lot…not really, I always came home–but I often wanted to be away from the relationship and responsibilities of marriage and just have fun. I’d take off, go for a drive, go shopping, visit my friends or sometimes get on a plane and go see my sisters in Southern California.  I wrote this poem after one of those trips.

My online friend and blogger, Emily Wierenga, releases her memoir 

“Disillusioned and yearning for freedom, Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning. Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents’ rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else–anywhere else. Her travels took her across Canada, Central America, the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She had no idea that her faith was waiting for her the whole time–in the place she least expected it”.

Linking with Kelli for Unforced Rhythms and Ms. Jen and the Soli Sisters.

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  • Karrilee Aggett

    This is just lovely!!! Visiting from Emily's Blog Tour! I am reading the book as well and just loving it!

  • Jennifer Dougan

    Jody Lee,

    Nice to meet you. I'm hopping over from Atlas Girl's link up. I can relate about the days when it is tempting to flee away for a little break from the ordinary and the dishes. 🙂 But how wonderful it is to come home again, and to kiss our men, huh?

    Enjoying Emily's book too,
    Jennifer Dougan

  • Jody Lee Collins

    Thank you, Joanne. Yeah, I pretty much read Atlas Girl in four days….not 'cause I had to for this post, but 'cause I couldn't tear myself away.

  • jviola79

    I am currently in the middle of this book & am loving every word of it! Glad to visit you from SDG this morning. Have a great week!

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