It has been such a long hiatus, such a deep separation between me and this place, between me and my own words. It appears I am still unable to craft sentences, bring thoughts into written being, when I am on the other side of the world. The months there pass with so much intensity, so much deep listening, steady talking. It feels like a continual gathering and pouring and it leaves me richer, but exhausted. Now begins the slow process of sifting through all those words, memories, relationships, finding space for all the new bits of my life among the familiar ones waiting patiently here for me when I returned. I’m trying to find my way back to the written word, am finding so far that poems are my easiest entry, will post poems for a while and see where they lead me. Excuse my long absence. Welcome back.