Wishful Homing

“I want to go home”

Universal plaintive refrain

Mumbled whispered, whined, and moaned

Ironic ubiquitous wish

Belies common jail-induced reality

Incarceration strips most of homes

Along with freedom, dignity, humanity.

Nonetheless they long.

Aching for mythological homecoming

Echoing, perhaps, Melissa’s

Throaty-sung heart-rending lyrics

Belted in evocative supplication

“Home is a feeling I buried in you.”

To those for whom their hearts pine.


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