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Lexington Poetry Month
Coming Home Unexpectedly
article by
Leigh Anne Hornfeldt

As soon as the crow lit beside me
in the parking lot I knew
there would be bad news. Next your photo fell
from its home on the wall. For weeks I held
my breath. At last the call. 7 hours later
I am knee deep in our shared history,
trying on your mountain childhood
like a borrowed dress.
I want to ask you once more
about the sapphire ring you gave me,
but my courage fails us both.
I go through old photos. I hold
the porcelain geisha statue
I gave you 25 Christmases ago.
Like you she’s smaller
in my hand now.
I know if I’m not careful,
if I let go,
she’ll break.

9 responses to “Coming Home Unexpectedly”

  1. HB Elam says:

    This is powerful. I love this.

  2. Jude says:

    Fire. Straight fire. So glad to see some new follow from you.

  3. Jude says:

    Flow. Not follow.

  4. michelle johnson says:

    powerful writing… truly enjoyed reading this. have a great day~

  5. Sandy Stone says:

    beautiful Leigh Anne

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  7. Karen George says:

    Haunting poem. Love the way the lines get smaller. Powerful.

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