Old poems, forgotten poems, left behind poems have found a place in HOME.
Many words come to mind when thinking about home. Some that are settled within my heart include: homeplace, safe place, and sanctuary. Warmth and welcoming. The voice that always beckoned me to return when I had moved so far away. Where my roots rest.
Home means many things to many people. It is not always a physical structure. Home can be found in a person – a spouse, family, or friend.
Home is where my last poems have come to roost like prodigal sons and daughters.
Emily Jones Hudson was born and raised in Hazard, Kentucky. She graduated from Berea College in 1978 with a degree in English and went on to work as a reporter and women’s editor for a weekly newspaper in Indianapolis. She worked as a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio and has published articles and poetry in several journals, including the Appalachian Heritage published by Berea College, and Kudzu, a Literary Magazine, published by the Hazard Community and Technical College. Emily Jones Hudson is an ordained minister, founder and Senior Pastor of CommonBond Christian Fellowship Ministries-Worship and Warfare Center.
She is engaged in oral history as a story-catcher and is the founder of the Southeast Kentucky African-American Museum and Cultural Center in Hazard, Kentucky.
Other books by the author include Water-Walking Faith (2009 AuthorHouse), Touch the Hem (2015 Xulon Press), and Soul Miner (2017 Xulon Press).