Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

The Homecoming

Donald B. Strickland

My family helped to build it from

the ground, as the spirit of

God flowed around.

Love was all I could see and feel

while the beauty of our homecoming

spread its will.

A place where we got baptized

and truth is never disguised.

Even when you start to roam

you know you will always have a home.

From generation to generation

we handle every situation.

You know that by the love of God

from here you can make a brand new start.

It’s beautiful to hear your heart sing

especially at your homecoming.

I could go on forever, but what I really

want to say is Happy Homecoming Day.


Donald B. Strickland is the history/social sciences clerk, Memphis Public Library and Information Center. His poetry has appeared at and the Orange Mound Connection.

© Donald B. Strickland

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