“Norwegian Cottage,” Child Hassan, 1909, WikiArt.

Rocks, wind, first skiff of snow, treeless
Plain, windowless cottage, no doors,
Crofter’s abandoned lifetimes, meager
Hopes, memories lost on desolate
Shores. To my childhood home I have
Returned, older woman, re-established
Life on isolated isles. Dipper and bucket,
Quick jaunt to clear-running streams,
Splashes on my face, arms, spring water
I drank again. “Why here?” I am asked,
As if moon-marooned. “Where I grew up,”
I replied. “Islander within my bones.”
More water sips, accent returned, years
Buried, speaking, hearing myself anew.

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