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There's No Place Like Home
Janice Canerdy


I’m from Kansas. My name is Dorothy Gale.
I could weave for you a fantastic tale
about farmhands, a twister, and a floating abode;
flying monkeys, little people, and a yellow brick road;
a wizard and witches and old, yet new, friends;
ruby slippers, little Toto, and how the magic all ends
when the needy at last see they’ve had all along
what they thought they were lacking and then became strong.
I could tell how the clicking of heels took me home,
for there’s no place like home. I have no need to roam.
But instead of creating a long narrative,
I’ll just say from my heart how much I love to live
on a farm here in Kansas with people who care.
The great lesson I’ve learned, I am happy to share:
a trip over the rainbow was not what I needed.

© by Janice Canerdy.
Used here with the author's permission.


Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. A poet since childhood, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, and she is the author or Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishers, 2016). Janice is currently serving as president of the Mississippi Poetry Society and was honored to have been chosen as the Society's Poet of the Year.


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Wilda Morris:
Yes, no place like home! A wonderful persona poem.
Posted 03/29/2024 09:19 AM
Joan Luther:
Fond memories dance through the wonderful rhythm of your poem!
Posted 03/26/2024 10:11 PM
Watching "The Wizard of Oz" was an annual tradition when I was a child! One year, there was a tornado warning just before it started, so my father moved the TV to the basement so we could watch while taking shelter!
Posted 03/26/2024 09:11 PM
Lori Levy:
Entertaining and wise.
Posted 03/26/2024 06:45 PM
Wonderful job of dancing on the edge of sentimentality without falling in.
Posted 03/26/2024 02:27 PM

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