By Jesi Scott
She posts her pictures online for all to see
Her adventures in a foreign land;
Pictures of buildings and rocks and statues
And flowers and trees,
Places and things I’ve never seen
But ache for as if exiled from home,
My desolate soul heartsick for a place
I know in my bones I belong to
As surely as I know every curve and edge
Of my own face in the mirror,
Though I’ve never once stepped foot
Upon its shores.
**Photo courtesy of Beth Teliho and poem inspired by her trip to England and a different photo that didn’t work out as well as I thought it would;
Title inspired by this definition:
fernweh: Being homesick for a place you’ve never been to; an ache for distant places; literal translation: far-sickness.