I am flying home
To you
My Michigan

With your lakes
And forests
And birds

My heart lifts
With the plane
As our journey begins

My roots
Lie beneath the surface
Of your land

My memories
Lie within the borders
Of your beauty

My soul
Remembers the start
Of my journey there

Although I’ve been away
For over 30 years
You are still home

I am flying home
To you
My Michigan


Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado where she teaches, paints, writes and hikes. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Ravens Perch, HaikUniverse, Haiku Corner, Cold Moon Journal, Scarlet Dragonfly and The Haiku Foundation.