i was looking for an excuse to quote the Grateful Dead
'it's been a long strange trip"
but it's only partly true. has indeed been a goodly while since i've been home
it hasn't been strange. wonderful is closer to the mark.
+ + +
moments after the suitcase was dumped on the floor
it was claimed by its rightful owner
who promptly fell asleep on it
indicating it would not be going anywhere anytime soon
i'm back in the land where magpies gargle at dawn
sheep totter past my bedroom window complaining about nothing in particular
and strange new life-forms have taken over a cauldron
left to its own devices for nearly three months
happy holidays, dear readers
enjoy the Solstice
slip gently into that New Year
and maybe i'll see some of you on the other side...