Home | A Story of Return 

“We carry each of us an urn of native soil…sweet enough to find the smell of home.” — Malcolm Cowley, “The Urn”

Believe it or not, the song that provides the storyline for this video was inspired by a 1969 Harmony ukulele, my own uke as a kid. I wrote about it in a post three years ago called “Welcome Home, Cowboy Bob.” In some ways, this post should actually be titled “Cowboy Bob: The Sequel,” because like the original story, this one, too, explores the theme of leaving and returning, of what we choose to hold on to and what we choose to leave behind, and how our perception of which should be which can change over time.

Quotes in the video, in order of appearance, by: Malcolm Cowley, Joan Didion, e.e. cummings, Herte Müller

13 Comments on “Home | A Story of Return 

  1. Oh, Lucy. I loved it: the Harmony uke, the words, the melody, your voice, the similar memories and nostalgic feelings they evoked for my grandparents and their small town where I spent so many happy, lazy summers. Beautiful. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Jean, for your kind words. I admire your writing so much that I am especially touched this story resonates with you. Here’s to happy, lazy summers and good memories.

  3. I was very moved by your video, Lucy. Truly beautiful. You were a very lucky little girl……..and a lucky adult to be able to return in memory, music and image to a special time in your life. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thank you for your kind words, Connie. You are correct that I was a very lucky kid. I have an even greater appreciation for that as every year goes by. I appreciate your note very much and, by the way, am very eager to check out your new poetry collection, Little Witness. The subject matter, I know, is quite different from this story line. Your ability to share it, and in a way that is receiving such beautiful reviews, is brilliant and brave. I am in awe and I look forward to reading it.

  5. So beautiful, Lucy! Thank you for your beautiful story which not only gave me wonderful insight into your early years, but also brought back many of my own my own childhood memories. You are one special lady!

  6. My Gramma Lillie was one of my fondest friends — thanks for reminding me of her, Jan

  7. Lovely! So important to nurture our memories of key relationships when we are the custodians. Thanks for following the Immortal Jukebox – hope you find some familiar things and make many discoveries. Regards Thom.

    • Thanks so much for the note, Thom, and for following. I’m delighted to discover your blog. I am charmed by your weaving of a great story with tales of classic tunes and love that you can manage to throw in some Shakespeare and Dante at the same time. I look forward to reading your posts regularly.

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