Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
I want to search within the following: This Department
Seattle City Council Council Home About Us Contact Us
Council Calendar News & Updates Committees & Agendas Current Issues Council Live Research City Laws
Councilmember Nick Licata
Phone: 206-684-8803
Fax: 206-684-8587
Blog RSS Feed Facebook Twitter Flickr

Licata Home
Nick's Legislation
Urban Politics Blog
Urban Politics Archive 1996-2014
Nick's Calendar

In the News
Nick's Links
News Releases
Image Gallery
Nick's Videos Seattle Channel Webcast

Words' Worth Poetry
Film Forum
Art Walks
Space for Artists
Seattle Composer
Poet Populist
Critical Crossings

City Logo

"Words' Worth" Poetry Readings

Poets at the Culture, Arts, and Parks Committee of the Seattle City Council.

Coming Home by April Caron

Once I was forced to leave my home, the giant oaks, the blonde grass, the rolling hills. My soul cried out for these but they were no more.

The screech owls silent flight and nerve rending calls were lost.

The lake with its shady shores and sun dappled water was drained.

The fig tree whose sweet fruit and presence amidst the oaks was always such a mystery was gone.

My Mom and Dad sitting under the catalpa trees in the simmering heat. As they waited for my friends and I to return from gathering the horses were torn asunder.

For many years I wandered and searched for a new home.

From the hardwood forested hills of Kentucky to the loblolly pine flats of Georgia.

To the warm azure waters of the Persian Gulf, and the Sheilikofs brooding, icy gray majesty.

In my travels I met many people and saw many sights, but still couldnt find a place called home.

Then in the marshy muskeg with its wind sculpted yellow spruce over looking the deep iceberg laden waters of Prince William Sound. I finally understood that while what is torn asunder can never be recreated. New roots could be nurtured and grown.

The madrona trees hanging over the Magnolia Bluff beckoned to me as I stood on the Rainiers rail. While we slowly steamed through Shilshole Bay, the clang of the buoys, the cries of the sea lions all called out, youre close, youre close.

Then one night in the fading light, I sat under the new crowned alder trees, the Snohomish River rushing past. My dogs gamboling at my feet on the sandy reach. I knew this is where my roots would grow. I had found my home.

This page was last updated: May 27, 2003
  For technical assistance click here to contact our web team
Seattle City Hall Council Home | Contact Us | Calendar | News & Updates | Committees & Agenda | Current Issues | Research City Laws
Seattle City Hall

Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave. 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Visiting City Hall

Access to City Hall for Individuals with Disabilities

Mailing Address:
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Phone: 206-684-8888
Fax: 206-684-8587
TTY/TDD: 206-233-0025
Listen Line: 206-684-8566

Non -English Language Information