All Who Wander

for my mother

I know that I was born onto Earth
and that my life is in this place,
that I was born out of Heaven into
paradise, with a craving for stillness
and music that sways
like trees in a little wind.

What if I was born out of Heaven
into Heaven and somehow got lost,
drawn here because I heard you
crying and knew I would be loved?
For a moment here with you, I
will not be missed in the eternity
for which I’m bound.

When I arrive, I will find the house
well lit and a soft bed
and music in the sky.
But I will not be home.

J. Kyle Kimberlin
First draft

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