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Poetry Pleases: Homing

John Ayling's poem expresses the joy of arriving home as a winter darkness falls.

The darkness falls
The labour ended
Homeward I wend
I hear the grey owls
Muted calling
And the echo of
My pounding feet.

From the mountains blows
A bitter wind
Promising some snow.
I feel the cold
But in the distance
Glowing windows
Bid me welcome home
To warm embrace

A coal fire burning
The table laid.
Shelter from all ills
The peace of heaven.


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