Homecoming

  1. Ale Mercado illustration for homecoming by Maeve Moran

It was steam between them no doubt,

Indifferently waiting for a kettle to boil.

She obviously liked her tea.

He saw it in her smile

From the other room –

Lopsided and firm and

Warmed in marmalade windows.

She was the garden lady,

One dog and a candle-lit bathroom.

It’s the strangest thing,

Chrysanthemum and honeysuckle,

Stretching in the night.

Frame by frame,

Green and grey

And chamomile for the harder days.

He never placed that elusive scent of home,

Strongest in the matching plump armchairs.

It tasted, however, of three sugars

And a splash of skimmed milk.

Note From Editor
This is a really fantastic read! The author’s sophisticated, assured use of imagery and description brings the reader directly into the moment described, with all five senses engaged. The tone is comfortable, familiar and even playful, yet packed with all the complexity of a long relationship renewed. I was really impressed with this piece.
About the Author

Maeve Moran

My name is Maeve Moran and I'm a seventeen-year-old student from Kilkenny College. Whenever I'm not writing or reading I enjoy acting, playing guitar, practising martial arts and drinking coffee. This is my third published poem.