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Coming Home

For a few days each year they call this house home
as once it had been before they started to roam.
The walls will be ringing with so much love and good cheer
they'll be storing it up to last through the year.
Every chick of my own will be under my wing.
I've prepared all their favorites, planned everything.
Twenty-one loved ones at once in my home.
The house is too small, should have rented the dome.
I call out each name as they enter the door
and think of the ones who aren't here any more.
My heart is so full of thanks to the Lord,
that the love my heart holds is returned many fold.
They greet each other with laughter and jokes.
This home and I have raised some good folks.
The turkey and gravy, did I make enough?
We've all eased our hunger but continue to stuff.
The pie will come later when the dishes are done.
Even the clean-up is happy and fun.
I gaze at them all and know in my heart.
they'll be as sorry as I when it's time to depart.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson

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  1. Date: 5/29/2013 8:02:00 AM
    Somehow I think home is wherever Joyce is!! Congrats

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 7:55:00 AM
    very beautiful poem friend deserved to win. congratulations!! have a nice day always! Maria :)

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 6:05:00 PM
    Joyce this is a wonderful poem. The love if family is most important. Congratulations on your win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:31:00 PM
    What a sweet poem, I really enjoyed this. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:22:00 PM
    - Thanks for letting me visit your home - Congratulations on your win in the contest: "A Home" - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:08:00 PM
    My big hearty congratulations my dear friend ,Joyce for your win and your very beautiful poem. I love it so much and I’ve extremely enjoyed. Thanks a lot for your full support! Love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 5:52:00 PM
    This poem resonates with what a true family feels like. A certain winner. SuZ

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 2:54:00 PM
    This one really activates my memory banks. Families never lose their need to return to the nest. It's there that they renew and perhaps, occasionally, restore their core values... You pen a lovely account of family love.... Jake