birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Steward

I came back to
the States, not
remember where
I cam from.
Lit with parents
in north Alabama.
No time came soon
when I was alone
here - - all family  
gone. I guess they had
a different sense
of roots.
 
I waited long and
longer to belong
somewhere, but
nothing made
my mind up, made
me feel at home,
called me to move  
along. Nothing, just
nothing.
 
Bought and sold
houses, in and out
apartments: still
nothing said to
stay or leave.
 
But when I put  
myself in my
current house,
exploded the back
room into a
sleeping porch,
started digging dirt,
I felt a shift.
 
A commitment
to steward
this tiny
patch.

Duane

A Day of Grace