Art & Poetry

Home Sweet Home Again

Project Description

Becoming Whole | Deanna Reiter

Becoming Whole
They walk into their New World
Imagining the possibilities
Knowing this is where they need to be
Together
Healing
Becoming whole.
Mother envisions shiny coats of paint
Thick, cushy rugs
Curtains, couches, comfort
Smells sausages on the griddle
Eggs made Her Way
Cookies to aid her budding adolescent
Flowers, candles
So much to save for
So much work
But there is time
And she is here now
Her dream unfolding.

Daughter pictures a high-tech shrine
Television, stereo, cordless phone
And maybe a computer
She walks into the room

Destined to be hers
The bed here
Dresser there
Desk, bookshelf, and closet
This closet!
Could anyone, anywhere fill the whole thing?
Is it possible?
Is it real?

She returns beside her mother
The first smile in months
Since long before
The using dealing yelling beating Father
Husband
Dimmed Their World
Forcing them to start anew
And now they are
Together
Healing
Becoming whole.

I’ll Call Home | Deanna Reiter

I walk through the
A
L
L
E
Y
Timid,
alone
Looking for dinner
Left from others
Discarded,
unwanted
Just as I am now
I’ve been spit upon
Laughed at
Pushed beaten raped
Continuing my strife
Blessed upon me before birth
And few have cared
Shown compassion
Unable to recognize
Their showy good fortune.
Yet somehow I smile
Still greet the day with my dream
And I walk and I walk
But never complain
Outside my own head
Opportunity opportunity opportunity
Denied
And still I try
But nothing changes
I walk and I walk
In circles
Large circles
Large circles around the city
My days never alter
Nor visions grow dim.
I pray for treasure
Fish out scraps of bun, rotten meat
Cold and stale
Mixed with coffee grounds, cigarette ash
I brush it off, chomp it down
To make it through another day
Fall asleep until
tomorrow
And dream of family
Of justice
Of a time
far away
A dream I believe in
Defend
And depend on
Some day I’ll get back my family
Lower my guard
Rekindle my passions
In a place
I’ll Call
HO
ME.