Last night we returned
after 18 days away
and 17 hours of driving,

upon arriving
I felt the afterglow
of a hot summer's day
and delighted
in the green
of our garden
and the
growth spurt of the lemon verbena

I turned the key in our front door
familiar smells of indoors
mingled gently around
my nose
I sighed -
for the first time
it felt like coming home.

adrenalin of the days past
turned to weariness
and as I opened the wooden shutters
to let the night air in,
I accepted once again
the quiet,

quiet roaming
of my soul.