Whether You’re Going Away or Going Home Depends More on the Direction of the Wind Than on The Time of Day or What State You’re In

Photograph by Jose Padua
Driving home with
my wife, my daughter, my son
on a Sunday
from the house in
the big city where I grew
up to the house
in the small
town where we live;
thankful to my
mother and father for
the future they
helped make for us
in both city and town;
thankful as the suburbs that
surround the highway
turn to hills and
into mountains
that follow the river;
thankful for the colors
blue, green, and the almost
red that appears in the half dark
near the afternoon’s end;
thankful, above all else
and through hours of confusion
and disconsolation,
for all the days
it took to
get to this.

-Jose Padua

Photograph by Jose Padua

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