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Finding Home (Poem)

Finding Home
by Laura Bruno Lilly
© 2020

I’ll know.

When it feels right.

Deep down in the dark moonlight

filled with desert delight


mountain might.

Finding Home.

Where past meets now and future hopes crystallize.

Where how and why are captured

kept as secret gardens – growing spirit – with a side of fruit.

A slice of juicy watermelon slaking my thirst.

I belong.

inspired by Gavin Luke’s piece…thank you poetic muse


  1. Khaya Ronkainen

    This is beautiful, Laura. Finding a home and fully settling in it is like your “slice of juicy watermelon slaking my thirst” Only I would replace watermelon (I’m highly allergic to) with berry juice. 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      I can just see that berry juice dribbling down your chin with a smile of pure delight on your face!

  2. Andy

    Slaking-I’ve always liked that word which is rarely used.

    • laura bruno lilly


      • Andy

        Another one is nonchalant. There’s a song where I always hear it and think it’s a great word that I don’t otherwise hear. And now I’m trying to remember what song it is . . . !

        • laura bruno lilly

          Wish I could help on the song – doesn’t ring a bell…

          • Andy

            Recalled it!
            It was Agnetha Faltskog’s cover of Walk In The Room. I know you sometimes have a problem seeing the U.K. YouTube, but if you can view it this is the official video. And the backing singer, the one with the long blonde hair, is Agnetha’s daughter.

          • laura bruno lilly

            Got it! Thanks!

  3. merrildsmith

    Such a feeling of contentment! There is something special about being home, wherever that may be, as long as you feel at home.

    • laura bruno lilly

      …and there are some people who just feel like home, too…
      Thank you for stopping by, Merril.

      • merrildsmith

        You’re right, and you’re welcome!


    After growing up in a family that moved every 2-3 years, I spent much of my adult life “looking for a home.” I never found exactly what I was looking for, but I have lived in many interesting and wonderful places. Though I still have in mind a concept of my ideal home, it may not exist. I have come to the conclusion that when I am with Robert, that place is home.

    Thank you, Laura, for exploring the meaning of home in your beautiful poem. Best, Cheryl

    • laura bruno lilly

      Lovely comment, gulfcoastpoet. I think this song might also speak what you said…he ‘feels like home’. My hubby found this song on our 40th anniversary and wrote about it in a post, but I thought it appropriate to link it here in the comments to share.


        Laura, I just found your comment and the beautiful song. it expresses just how I feel. Thank you so much for sharing it. Wonderful! Have a good weekend. Cheryl

  5. zippyquilts

    Speaking of place, are you in SC for the duration?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yep. That first week in March, we were scheduled to go to LCNM and tour several houses. Since we were pre-approved all we had to do was find the ‘right’ place and sign on the dotted line and then move on! I got sick, we rescheduled tours for the second week in March and then…well. life got interrupted and for much longer than expected.
      It’s a good thing, because housing has gone down and the business we were slated to close on mid-March fell through…Like everyone else, we’re waiting & learning how to navigate this new life’s landscape, praying for loved ones safety and on ‘re-set’.
      Whew. Felt good to say all that! Thanks for the ‘prompt’
      And yes, that poem was written as things lined up before March!!!
      The journey continues…

  6. Annika Perry

    Laura, I love how you explore the sense of belonging in this beautiful poem which weaves from the metaphysical where ‘Where past meets now and future hopes crystallize.’ to the refreshing taste of watermelon. We need to be grounded on all levels!?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Great insights, Annika! Thank you and I’m happy your enjoyed my poem.

  7. cedar51

    finding your way – a snippet of where it could be going – but then watermelon speaks of summer…

    • laura bruno lilly

      Searching always searching…

  8. Ally Bean

    Nicely said. No better feeling than that of belonging.

  9. Jane's Heartsong

    I really like this poem. Thought of the physical home as well as the one we hold within. Thank you.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Both of us having experienced ‘displacement’ living situations – I knew you’d get it.

  10. Jennie

    Lovely poem, Laura!

    • laura bruno lilly

      thank you Jennie

      • Jennie

        You’re welcome, Laura. Your new website wouldn’t let me ‘like’ the post or accept my reader information. ☹️ It is beautiful, and I can still read everything there, then like and comment in Reader.

        • laura bruno lilly

          thanks for letting me know…I’ve had that problem with various other blogs I follow over the past few years and haven’t a clue as to the ‘whys’. However, now that I know mine is a bit user ‘unfriendly’ I’ll be digging into this a bit more. I do know there’s a way around the ‘reader information’ but I don’t remember how I got around that on other blogs….
          Wish me luck and thank you for pursuing me in the Reader, I wouldn’t want to lose your valuable friendship!

          • Jennie

            Oh, you will never loose me as a reader! And this only happens on some blogs. When I contacted the ‘Happiness Engineers’ on this (and also not being able to reblog on some sites) a while ago, they told me I have to go to WP through Google Chrome, not Safari. That seems to work. But, for the few blogs that this happens with, it’s easier for me to read the whole post on their site, then go back to Reader to ‘like’. Does that make sense?
            Bottom line, no worries. I’m a happy follower.

          • laura bruno lilly

            Oh so that’s why. I use Firefox…makes sense. and yes, I do that too on some blogs! Funny all this reverse-engineering type of solutions we come up with, huh?
            And I’m relieved to hear you’re a happy follower – fun!

          • Jennie

            It’s interesting that the different internet providers can work for us or against us. Best to you, Laura, from your happy follower. ?

  11. marissthequilter

    Oh Laura, what a beautiful, positive poem. I can taste that slice of watermelon. Just what I needed to read on this bleak and blustery day

    • laura bruno lilly

      Glad to pass on a bit of sunshine across the oceans!

  12. deborahbrasket

    Love your beautiful new blog design too!

  13. deborahbrasket

    Love it! It felt like “home” just reading it, that totally comfortable place and peace of mind. Made me smile..

    • laura bruno lilly

      Smiling is a good thing.

  14. Jill Weatherholt

    Beautiful, Laura!❤️

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you, Jill.

  15. rl2b2017

    Hi Laura! Thanks for sharing . . . your part of Home. I love HOME. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yep, you are one of the original ‘home bodies’, Roseanne. Take care.

  16. Laura

    I know that it is a cliche…but there really is no place like home, assuming home is where the heart is. 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Sweet cliche…thanks, Laura!

  17. L. Marie

    I can certainly relate to this poem, Laura! Beautifully done!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Your comment touches me deeply, L.Marie. I know He has a place for you.

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