Winding Up the Week #125

Book Jotter

An end of week recap


Yesterday my partner received a second letter from the Welsh Government’s Chief Medical Officer instructing her to continue ‘shielding’ until 16th August. I therefore thought it apt to share a short poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1878 in which the speaker longs to remain indoors and not face a troubled world.

It is the complete antithesis of the way so many people are feeling at present but it may serve to remind those of us fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads that home should be considered a place of safety and not a prison.


Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander…

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