My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.

The Return


Cottage in the woods.
You draw me, ever closer.
Vision of my dreams and longings.
Softly soothing;
sweet childhood memories.
Recaptured innocence, wonder and peace.
Beckoning, calling from;
years long past.
Summer’s sparkling, halcyon days.
Simple, yet wiser ways.
This solitude brings no sadness.
Only retreat from the madding crowd.
Long overdue.
Painfully delayed.
I will open my/your heart.
With key in hand.
Deed in pocket.
To rest, renew, remain.
The return….
Captured, blissful reality.
Savored, treasured completion.
Fully and finally gained.
“The Return” © 2008 Geraldine H. Hartman
Photo: courtesy of Flickr
Written for the Writer’s Island May 23rd prompt: The Return

Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: -The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my fun and inspirational book, all about aging well: -Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well I am also the author of: -The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker -Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance) -Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: -Haiku Reflections:The Four Seasons (Volume i and II) and -My Poetic Path All titles available at, .ca, UK.... When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! I hope you will visit and enjoy all of my blogs.Thanks for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste! :-) You can also visit me at my new author's site:

15 thoughts on “The Return

  1. Hello readers,

    Thanks to all of you who let me know that the comment link wasn’t working when I posted The Return, yesterday. I copied it and re-posted and this seems to have fixed the glitch. WP/wonky! G

  2. thank you for this… i take my solitude for granted at times.. sometimes willing to abandon even it,, in search of that which i know doesnt exist… but today.. i am happy,, alone,, but not lonely,, and glad i have this little piece of solitude all to myself……

  3. I could picture the cottage even without the picture! Very nicely done. “This solitude brings no sadness” speaks volumes.

  4. Hi G., this poem has a very peaceful feeling to it, thank you. I hope you still get to visit your cottage. also I enjoyed Bleeding Hearts, one of my favorite shade perennials. 🙂 Glad WP fixed the comments problem you were having!

  5. Glad I returned to this one. It was the photo that struck me. It has a dream-like quality, or like a fading memory. It captures the essence of the words so perfectly.

  6. Solitude can often be empowering in itself. It brings you closer to yourself, and the environment. I think you capture this perfectly.

  7. Solitude, rest and renewal – this poem is a tonic in itself.

  8. There is a feeling of peace and serenity in this poem. And magic. Solitude definitely need not be lonely. How lovely it would be to have a cottage in the woods to retreat to. It’s something I dream of.

  9. The photo is just awesome.. paint the picture beautifully

  10. Hi Paisley, Sound like you are having a great day; great to hear. Being alone and being lonely are two very different experiences, aren’t they?

    Hi Constance, What a wonderful compliment, thank you! We’ve ‘nailed’ it when no pic is required, in terms of writing anything well; at least I think so.

    Hi C, So glad you could stop by and glad you enjoyed both of these poems. Yes, I fixed the glitch. Seems that lately I’ve been doing a lot of that, since the WP ‘upgrade’. 😦

    Hi Stan, Welcome and thanks for stopping in again.
    I liked this photo because the cottage was simple and sparse, not some fancy ‘palace’ in the woods as so many are. Being at peace and enjoying solititude should also mean simplifying other parts of life, including too much maintenence etc, on a dwelling. It’s not necessarily better ’cause it cost more, is it?

    Hi Anthony, Welcome to MPP. I am so glad I achieved this, thanks for your kind words.

    Hi Carole, That’s a great compliment. I’m glad this one struck a chord with you.

    Hi Selma, Wow…magic too, that’s wonderful that you could envision all of this in my words. Thanks friend!

    Hi Rambler, Thank you so much.

    Your comments mean so much. I’ve had a rough few days of late. Thanks for your encouragement and bringing a smile to my face. You are such a great group of talented, thoughtful people to interact with. Sometimes hard to find in my ‘real’ world! 😉

    Huggs, G

  11. I like being with myself. Loneliness is but a mindset. I like this poem very much.

    end of the world for me

  12. Wow, that’s close to my heart.

    Hopefully, Aine and I are sparking similar memories of comfort in our visits to the northern Pennsylvania forests.

  13. aaw.. that was so lovely.. you make me long for a cottage in the woods too..

    The Journey Home

  14. Hi Gautami, I like my own company too. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

    Hi Jason, Great to hear! PA looks like a beautiful place to live.

    Hi Preethi, Welcome and thank you.

    Thanks for your comments; much appreciated, G 🙂

  15. Oh, my…..that is Soooooooo beautiful, Geraldine. What a longing I feel to go there!!

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