What is the meaning of this charged word

It brings up the gamut from warmth to absurd

A bosom we long for when far away

The nest provides freedom some license to play


Representing home burning coals warm heart

Enraging inspiring motivating your art

Familiarity being known a hated raw presence

Your heritage holds part of your essence


For blood relations the source is genetic

For some it’s held in relationships prophetic

Generating tumult and very strong emotions

A breakdown of boundaries even magic potions


Holding your ethnic and sacred traditions

Your personal grounding in ancient religions

A place you’re visible for others to see

You learn who is you and who is me


When you are searching lost wandering spent

Where can you go and find where you went

A place to return hang with your clan

Rest in their holding learn who you am


Who is your family and what did they give you?

Do you return for the gift of their communion?

Do you embrace or shy away from their sacred gifts?

Are you ready to forgive them?

Do you know they were doing the best they could?

– Stewart Levine ©

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