Last night I dreamed Scarlett O’Hara was dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” As she shimmied past, doing the moonwalk, she flung that big leghorn hat, you know the one with the forest green ribbons, into my arms. I whirled around with it clutched tightly, began tapping my heels together, whispering “home….”
Now we could argue that I’m in dire need of therapy or that I’ve imbibed way too much popular culture over the course of my life….
Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, has been called a “man of peace in a place of war.” He understood the primal longing that home evokes in the most transient of souls. Enjoy….
I Belong There by Mahmoud Darwish
I belong there. I have many memories. I was born as everyone is born.
I have a mother, a house with many windows, brothers, friends, and a prison cell
with a chilly window! I have a wave snatched by seagulls, a panorama of my own.
I have a saturated meadow. In the deep horizon of my word, I have a moon,
a bird’s sustenance, and an immortal olive tree.
I have lived on the land long before swords turned man into prey.
I belong there. When heaven mourns for her mother, I return heaven to her mother.
And I cry so that a returning cloud might carry my tears.
To break the rules, I have learned all the words needed for a trial by blood.
I have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a single word:
home tunes: Down Home Girl (Old Crow Medicine Show — they are a kick-ass band, with each album they get tighter); Walking My Baby Back Home (OK — I love JT’s throwaway version on the Hourglass album); Touching Home (Teddy Thompson); Baby Won’t you Please Come Home (Sidney Bechet — he just defies description); Goin Home (BB King & Ivan Neville have a rocking cover); Stay Home (from Shrek — I love the entire soundtrack); Sentimental Journey (any version, anytime — though Renee Olstead has a glorious take); Old Folks at Home (take your pick of just about any Stephen Foster song); Coming Home (Lizz Wright — her voice is rich, without being treacly); Polly Come Home (Robert Plant & Allison Krauss); Won’t Go Home without You (Maroon 5 — pop boys, but I like the song); A Home (Dixie Chicks — the more independent they become, the better their music); Who Says You Can’t Go Home (Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles — it’s just fun); Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey (there are several awesome takes — check out Harry Connick’s version); Way Back Home (the Wreckers); You Ain’t Down Home (Julie Roberts — love how her voice slides down the chorus); Find My Way Home (None of the Above — a NC bluegrass band that needs to be way more popular); and Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel — one of those desert island songs)
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. –> Zora Neale Hurston