Bringing Home

Forest of Luminous Trees, Etched Granite, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada copy
Night falls
On the Forest of Luminous Trees
The tungsten fireflies flit
Like comets
In a Milky Way sky

On a world
Of alien beauties
We’ve given familiar names
So not to feel
So far from home

I lie beneath the starless darkness
Reveling in the unimaginable
Yet, nostalgic for what’s left behind

And isn’t that always
The way of the explorer
I bring along my home

In the hold
In my head
In my heart

And in every new place
Build a hearth
From memories
Never quite extinguished

The Forest of Luminous Trees
Scoured Granite
Athabasca Glacier
Jasper National Park
Alberta, Canada

Taken during travels, 2017