“That people could come into the world in a place they could not at first even name and had never known before”
And that out of a nameless and unknown place they could grow and move around in it until its name they knew and called with love, and call it HOME,
And put roots there and love others there;
So that whenever they left this place they would sing homesick songs about it and write poems of yearning for it, like a lover; . . . (William Goyen).
This place where we grew up.
This place that surrounds us with loving arms.
It fills our soul with joy.
Our minds with memories.
Like arms it encircles our being.
This sanctuary against the darkness.
This place of calm and peace.
This world of our making.
This place called HOME.
(William Goyen was an American novelist, poet and teacher. He was born in a small town in East Texas. The major themes in his work were about home and family, places and time, sexuality and memory. Born in l915 William Goyen was married to Doris Roberts (best known for her work in Everybody Loves Raymond) until his death in l983.