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Coming Home - Poem by Ernestine Northover

The railings were old and rusty,
The door paint was faded and chipped,
The poor old house had seen better days,
The roof, made of slate, had now dipped.

The windows showed broken hinges,
The path to the door, overgrown,
This was the place where I was born,
The only real home I had known.

The 'rambler' that clung to the front porch,
Was a rose in the deepest red,
Now looking forlorn and so straggly,
I thought that maybe it was dead.

But tiny buds were shooting,
From the root beside the door,
And I was sure that, with a little care,
The house would come alive once more.

I watched as the 'SOLD' sign was erected,
And I felt I had reached home at last,
I knew that I would be happy here,
After what had been in my past.

I washed, swept, scrubbed and polished,
Until everything looked 'brand new',
Then my heart sped back to my childhood days,
My return home, was well overdue.

© Ernestine Northover


Comments about Coming Home by Ernestine Northover

  • Rookie Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (5/5/2009 2:13:00 AM)

    A gorgeous sentimental piece of poetry. I can see why it received so many votes. Home is where the heart is, and it is certainly where your heart belonged. Beautiful writing 10 Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 220 Points Andrew Blakemore (3/27/2008 3:37:00 PM)

    What a beautiful story and so expertly told. Andrew x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (3/3/2006 1:27:00 PM)

    Some say that all of life is a coming home.You have pictured this and then brought it to life.Your A Star worth following.Love Duncan (Report) Reply

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Poems About Home

  1. 1. They Went Home , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. To A Daughter Leaving Home , Linda Pastan
  3. 3. Home And Love , Robert William Service
  4. 4. Home Burial , Robert Frost
  5. 5. Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. 6. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  7. 7. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  8. 8. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  9. 9. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  10. 10. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  11. 11. Home , Anne Brontë
  12. 12. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  13. 13. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  14. 14. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  15. 15. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  16. 16. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  17. 17. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  18. 18. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  19. 19. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  20. 20. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  21. 21. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  22. 22. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  23. 23. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  24. 24. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  25. 25. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  26. 26. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  27. 27. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  28. 28. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  29. 29. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  30. 30. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  32. 32. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  33. 33. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  34. 34. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  35. 35. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  36. 36. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  37. 37. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  38. 38. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  39. 39. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  40. 40. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  41. 41. Home , Rupert Brooke
  42. 42. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  43. 43. The Princess: A Medley: Home They Brough.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  44. 44. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  45. 45. .home Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  46. 46. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  48. 48. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
  49. 49. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
  50. 50. The Hock-Cart, Or Harvest Home , Robert Herrick
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