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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. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  8. 8. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  9. 9. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  10. 10. Home , Anne Brontë
  11. 11. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  12. 12. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  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. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  18. 18. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  19. 19. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  20. 20. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  21. 21. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  22. 22. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  23. 23. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  24. 24. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  25. 25. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  26. 26. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  27. 27. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  28. 28. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  29. 29. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  30. 30. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  32. 32. Home , Rupert Brooke
  33. 33. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  34. 34. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  35. 35. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  36. 36. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
  37. 37. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  38. 38. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  39. 39. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  40. 40. The Princess: A Medley: Home They Brough.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  41. 41. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  42. 42. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  43. 43. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  44. 44. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  45. 45. The Hock-Cart, Or Harvest Home , Robert Herrick
  46. 46. .home Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  47. 47. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  48. 48. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  49. 49. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
  50. 50. Home , Jennifer Burns
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