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I'm Always Coming Home: A Poem About Homesickness

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

Homesickness

At the present time, many of us would just love to be able to travel..anywhere..in preference to being stuck at home. Unfortunately, this virus COVID-19 that is affecting the world has made travel, especially overseas virtually impossible.

This poem was written before this Coronavirus was even heard of, but I think it displays both the yearning to travel and likewise the strong desire to return home to our loved ones and familiar surroundings.

I am a homebody, and it doesn't matter where I travel to - new places, or just to visit friends and relatives, I am always anxious to return home when the time away is up. New experiences and interactions are wonderful, but there is nothing like your familiar, comfortable surroundings.

I'm Always Coming Home

Wherever I may travel

On a road that's near or far,

Whatever mode of transport

Be it plane, or train, or car.


Whoever travels by my side

Through this land or overseas,

My heart remains within these walls

Of my home among the trees.


Though I've been to Scottish castles

And the Parthenon in Greece,

For the humble place where I grew up

My yearning doesn't cease.


Adventure sometimes calls me

To exotic foreign shores,

Bangkok or New York City,

Dubai or Singapore.


But journeys always have to end

And travellers cease to roam,

So despite the wonders of the world

I'm always coming home.

There's No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home

© 2016 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 08, 2018:

Thank you for reading this Paula. Yes, I am the same...well, not a "home girl" but you know what I mean. lol

Suzie from Carson City on March 08, 2018:

Lovely photos, Jodah. I can fully appreciate this poetry. I'm a hopeless "Home Girl." Peace, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 07, 2018:

Yes, Steve. We always seem to miss our hometowns, countries, whatever. But as you say someone else always envies where we are too. Cheers.

S P Austen from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada on March 07, 2018:

Good poem John; I get homesick for England quite a lot, as I live in Canada. We always miss where we come from. But others want to be where we are! Best wishes, Steve.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 19, 2016:

Paula, that was really punny :) I am glad you could relate to this, though. Thanks for reading.

Suzie from Carson City on September 19, 2016:

Jodah.....I promise you, no pun intended but this one truly hit home for me.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 19, 2016:

Thank you, Graham. I greatly appreciate that kind comment.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on September 19, 2016:

Hi John. Simple and heartfelt a true delight.

Graham.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 05, 2016:

Thank you for reading RTalloni. Appreciated.

RTalloni on May 05, 2016:

A cute poem that holds an ages-old truth!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2016:

Prairieprincess, Well that was a pleasant surprise to have such a wonderful comment and a new follower. Nice to meet you too, and I love the name. I'll just pop over and check your profile.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on January 30, 2016:

Love it! So simple and sweet. It is a blessing to have a home that is truly home, and that makes travelling even the sweeter. Nice to "meet" you, and I am your latest follower. Take care!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2016:

Thank you for that extremely generous comment flakycrustedmemry. I have published an eBook of poetry in two forms "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" (available at iBook and Lulu.com) hint hint, but I hope to publish more (and maybe a paperback) when I feel like braving the formatting dragon again.

flakycrustedmemry on January 30, 2016:

Beautiful poem, it touched my heart. You have a talent keep writing, your a diamond in the rough. You just need that one person to discover your talent. I hope you publish a book of poetry someday, if you already haven't.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2016:

It was my pleasure to share this Dream On, and it makes my day to hear that something I write is appreciated so much.

DREAM ON on January 25, 2016:

When I travel I appreciate other places but for me there is no place like home. Your hub was wonderful and your words and pictures sent my mind flying a hundred miles an hour. Bringing back to each plane ride where I fly over the world that I hardly kn0w. Thank you so much.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2016:

Firstly, good to see you back gracing HubPages Theresa. Thank you for your kind remarks about this poem. I think it resonates with most people...home is where the heart is. I have been very active here so far this year, hope I can keep up. Peace and blessings.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 23, 2016:

Hi John,

What a beautiful poem that speaks to all of our hearts about coming back home. It is always wonderful to travel, but returning home and knowing you have a place to call home to return to is a blessing in this life.

I love the style of this poem, like music to one's ears. I see I have much reading to catch up on, and it will be an enjoyable adventure to do so!

Peace and blessings

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 19, 2016:

John,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am off to read another one of your hubs. I know it is going to take me some time, but I am really trying to catch up. As it was -11° this morning, hugs are especially nice.

Smiles,

Kim

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2016:

Thank you Geri, glad you can relate to the sentiments of the poem. Sometimes I wonder how my poetry will stand up alone without accompanying images. Maybe I need to publish some elsewhere with no images and find out.

Geri McClymont on January 18, 2016:

Jodah, I loved the words to this poem and can relate to the love for travel and adventure, and also the longing for the comfort and safety of home. The images are spectacular and also add to the tone of the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2016:

Welcome back My Dear Kim,

I have so missed your hubs and beautiful comments. I know 2015 was very challenging for you, but you survived it, and I hope when you say 2016 is "off with a bang" I hope that is a positive bang. I am so glad you can relate to this poem. I have really been inspired with my writing and have already written four hubs this year. I hope I can keep it up. I hope this year makes up for last year and is the best you have had in ages. Hugs.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 18, 2016:

My Sweet, Sweet Jodah aka John,

How I LOVE this poem. I, too seek adventure while knowing there is security awaiting wherever I call home: home. 2015 was tough to say the least and 2016 has started off to quote The Waterboys, "With a Bang." Hoping you and yours are well and warm.

Many Blessings Always and so Happy I was able to comment finally on many hubs with only having two restarts of this blanket-blank computer...

Kim

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 10, 2016:

Thank you Flourish..much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 10, 2016:

Lollyj, it makes my day when my poetry brightens yours.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 10, 2016:

John, you are getting better and better as a poet. I enjoyed this.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on January 10, 2016:

Your poetry is always so thought provoking and soul satisfying. Your thoughts expressed through poetry brighten my day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 09, 2016:

Surabhi, home is the one place I can truly relax..my favourite place.

Surabhi Kaura on January 08, 2016:

Absolutely! Home is home. There's nothing like it. We can jubilanlty say that the penultimate peace of mind rests in home... sweet home :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 08, 2016:

I tried to reply to this through email but it didn't work, so I have placed it on your Elvira hub. Cheers RJ.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 08, 2016:

That was very endearing, and it is true that home is where the heart is.

rjbatty from Irvine on January 08, 2016:

Jodah: I've always wanted to visit Australia. It's somewhere at the top of my list. Here in the US we get a very mixed view about Australia -- some of it glamorizing the place while other writers focus on weird, dangerous animals. I suppose both are true to some extent. I actually don't know what I'd do if I ever got there. I have a fascination for both city life and the outback. I think my fantasy is just to explore in a random fashion and see what comes with it. I've been to Europe and really hate the language barrier. I'm too lazy to try learning French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, so the prospect of visiting another English-speaking continent seems highly attractive. It would be a long trip from California. I'd probably end up with blood clots in my legs leading to a floating embolism suddenly clogging up my defective heart. I want to visit Australia because it almost seems like a distant planet. Are the people anything like Americans? Which way does their culture bend the most -- conservative or liberal. I have to add that I'm really glad our two countries can find harmonious ground. The fact that Australia has followed the US in some really questionable wars is rather touching. Was Australia merely following the UKs lead or did they independently decide to back up the Yanks? I have a lot of questions thus a personal visit would be highly edifying.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 08, 2016:

Cheers Lori, thanks.

Lori Colbo from United States on January 08, 2016:

Absolutely delightful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 08, 2016:

Good to see you rj, and your in-depth comment just adds to the value of my hub. I like to travel now and then, but like you I dislike the process to get places..passports, customs etc....even parking at the airport. No matter where I go I always look forward to returning home to Australia for many of the same reasons as you list about the USA. Apart from all our dangerous creatures, I think this is one of the safest countries on the planet.

rjbatty from Irvine on January 08, 2016:

This poem conforms nicely with the Buddhist concept of "wherever you, go, there you are." It's basically a message that wherever we go, whatever we do, we remain a constant fixture within our own psyche. However much I enjoy travel -- especially to foreign countries -- I'm always very happy to get home. No more passport issues, no more language barrier, no more cultural difference. In order for anyone to appreciate living in America, they must travel and see the contrast on a personal level. The US is riddled with flaws but I wouldn't prefer to live anywhere else -- no matter how scenic/historic. The US is still a frontier kind of land, being filled with people from across the globe. Yes, we have personal security issues. Our agencies work overtime to ensure our safety at the risk of all of us being entries to a massive database. It seems dehumanizing but I'd prefer an intrusive government governance to wondering whether my next visit to McDonalds may end up with someone detonating a suicide jacket. It gives me some measure of assurance that our over-protective government is doing its best to ensure that I don't end up splattered on a wall. No need to respond unless you feel compelled to do so. The short of it is that I hooked into your poem, and it brought a lot of thoughts to my mind.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2016:

Hey Frank, yeah I guess the style of this does take one back to those days of the 40s and 50s. Thanks for reading buddy.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 05, 2016:

wonderfully written, reminds me of those old 1940 and 50's lyrics to a Glen Miller, or Sinatra song.. awesome my friend..

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2016:

Thank you for your positive review of my poem manatita, especially the metaphorical symbol of the boat and the rhyme. Blessings.

manatita44 from london on January 05, 2016:

No place like home, and indeed more so metaphorically speaking. Your boat is a symbol of the journey and HOME, the Golden Shore of the Beyond.

Your poem rhymes exceptionally well. Not all can do this, but you've done a few. Well done bro. Higher blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2016:

There is certainly "no place like home" Ann. Glad you enjoyed this poem and the pics.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 05, 2016:

Beautiful! And those illustrations are stunning, especially the first one - breathtaking!

Like you, I always like coming home where I feel comfortable and have all my treasures around me, including family of course.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2016:

I hope you get the opportunity to visit your home in South Africa now and then Devika, Yes, home is definitely where the heart is. Happy New Year.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 05, 2016:

Hi Jodah I know what that means ''home is where the heart is.'' I miss my home. Nothing feels good enough without that visit back home. A Happy New Year to you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

Hello Shyron, thank you for reading, glad you needed this too. Happy New Year and hugs to you as well.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 04, 2016:

John, I must agree with Jo, this is beautiful and I need this also.

Happy New year

Blessings and Hugs to you and yours.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

This is one of the most humbling comments I have ever received Jo. I am touched that you find my writing beautiful to read and that I seem to write things that are appropriate to you at the time you need them. Thank you for sharing and tweeting, I always appreciate your support and encouragement. God bless you too.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on January 04, 2016:

This is just awesome Jodah! I love it so much, I shared and will continue to tweet it out. There is no place like home. And while I read your work, I am comforted with your words and consider your writing the most beautiful ever to read. The words you use always allow me to have just what I need to read, when I need to read it. Thank you!

May all your dreams come true in 2016! God Bless you! ((((( John ))))))

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

Thank you Dana my friend, I always appreciate your kind comments on my hubs. I hope you have a blessed New Year too.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 04, 2016:

Beautiful poem and I loved the pictures. Happy New Years!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

Thank you MsDora, and you live in such a beautiful place so I can understand your sentiment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

Hi Shauna, We seem to share a lot of the same thoughts. I totally agree....no other bed can compare to one's own that's for sure.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 04, 2016:

Love the message, to which, I can relate. There's no place like home.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

Thank you Gypsy, it is an honor to have your poetry appreciated by your poet peers.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 04, 2016:

Beautiful poetry, lovely sentiments and loved the pictures. As they say home is where the heart is.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 04, 2016:

John, this is so true. There's nothing like the comfort of home and your own bed. It's nice to get away and see different places, but coming home is always the best part of the journey.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

That's exactly how I feel Larry. Thanks for the generous comment.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on January 04, 2016:

No matter how much I enjoy a place, it isn't home unless it's home.

Beautifully written.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Thank you Alicia, I was hoping the rhythm worked our successfully. Glad you liked the images too.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 03, 2016:

I love the rhythm in this poem, Jodah. The photos are lovely, too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Sure is drbj, my pleasure thank you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Carb Diva, thank you for reading and your kind words.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 03, 2016:

Home is where the heart is, Jodah. Thank you for reminding us with your lovely poetry and compelling photos.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 03, 2016:

Oh John, this is beautiful. No matter where we go, a dream vacation, an idyllic weekend escape, a trip of a lifetime...there is no place like home.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Happy New Year to you Mike, thank you for your generous review of this poem. Your opinion is always very welcome and appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Hi The Subjugator, thank for appreciating this poem. Have a great week.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Thanks for revisiting Missy. I had those pictures and wanted to showcase them somehow, so wrote a poem to suit :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Thanks for the great comment Bill, I wish I had started writing earlier.. I'd be a pretty good drop by now.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Thank you Vasantha, your comment is much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Thanks for reading E.G.A. I hope you had a great day.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 03, 2016:

Hello John and Happy New Years. You have summed up your feelings with clever twists and turns as you wander through your travels and yet always have your eye on home. Perfect poetry for the season.

Shubhro Sen from Howrah, West Bengal , India on January 03, 2016:

classic poem.

Missy Smith from Florida on January 03, 2016:

I wanted to come back and say those pictures are gorgeous! I love the ship!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 03, 2016:

John, like a fine wine, you are getting better with age. This was, is, and always will be, beautiful.

artistry from Bangalore on January 03, 2016:

Beautiful poem.

Eldon Arsenaux from Cooley, Texas on January 03, 2016:

Just what I needed this morning Jodah!

-E.G.A.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Good to get your comment Kylyssa and much appreciated. Home is often the best place of all

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on January 03, 2016:

Finding a home is a lovely feeling. You've captured it well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2016:

Thank you Buildreps. Glad you can relate.

Buildreps from Europe on January 03, 2016:

Great poem, and so true!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Cris, I can see how you would relate to this. Regularly flying to other places would make you yearn for your lovely home an your pjs and socks :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Hi Venkat. I haven't travelled as widely as I would like to but when I do I still always look forward to returning home. Glad you have similar feelings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Thanks Clive, much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Thank you whonu. Sometimes our travelling adventures are in our dreams as well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Hello Carly, thank you for reading this poem and for your kind comment. Setting out on travels and returning home can both be equally enjoyable.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Missy you make very good points in your comment. Some people do not have good experiences of their home life in which case they would much rather be away and travel (as in your situation). Home is where the heart is or vise versa. Thank you for your kind words about my poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Yes Eric, we are all equal in our own home and don't have to compete with anyone else. Some may see home as a prison but not me.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on January 02, 2016:

This is so me! Always coming home because really, there's no place like home.

Delightful piece indeed with great images.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on January 02, 2016:

This is always true, John. I experienced this feeling always whenever I had to travel to other places either on job work or to spend holidays with relatives. I always longed to return to my home as soon as possible. This is one great instinct which is so beautiful.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 02, 2016:

beautiful john.

whonunuwho from United States on January 02, 2016:

Great poetry my friend and we're always returning home, if only in our dreams. whonu

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on January 02, 2016:

Lovely poem, John. Home is such a nice feeling to have, whether it be a place or person. I like the sentiment in this poem and it made me feel that longing to travel as well as to come home to someting, someone. Thank you for sharing yourself.

Missy Smith from Florida on January 02, 2016:

This is a really nice poem, John. It describes how home should feel to everyone. However, there are those among us who didn't have such a great home to grow up in and some that are just lonely today with no one to come home to. I don't know if it is a good thing that I think of those when I read such a nice poem, but I hope it shows that I'm a compassionate person rather than just the downer type. lol

You know what is great about your poetry and your other writing though? Take this poem and the Cackleberry series; you invite people into your home with the warm way you write about your home and life. It gives a great feeling. :) Home should be where your heart lives no matter where you roam.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 02, 2016:

We are not made really equal. But in my home all are equal. I cannot find that abroad or next door. While my walls may be a prison they are my walls and I welcome them. I think they welcome me also.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

You are always so kind with your comments Jackie, and those two phrases are spot on. I am so glad you enjoy my poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2016:

Thank you Ruby. I am sure it was tempting to move close to your family, but deep down you know in your heart where you belong.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 02, 2016:

You said it , John, and so beautifully. I think there is a metaphysical reason behind why we long for home after we've been away for awhile.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 02, 2016:

To coin a phrase or two, "There's no place like home!" and "Home is where the heart is!"

You said it beautifully John, in the perfect style with rhythm to my ears. I will always love your poetry.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 02, 2016:

Oh John this is so beautiful and so very true. I spent Christmas with my son and family in Arkansas, and they wanted me to buy a house in their subdivision but it wasn't home. That old cliché, " There's no place like home. " Illinois is my home and I was happy to be back. I loved all the places you mentioned in your poem, I've never been to any of them. Loved your pictures too.

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