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Back Home-On the Other Side

Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about nature and different aspects of life in the form of poetic verses.


Home is where the heart is. We do not realize what we have when we have it.

This poem is about the journey of a horse looking for greener pastures and a place better than home. It did not take long for the horse to realize the place that he was searching for was the one he was running away from.

Far from the west

The horse galloped

Looking for new pastures to graze

As he galloped

He thought about

Back home and happy days

The green green grass

The rivers and valley

The sparkling lakes and streams

He wondered if the journey was worth

Will it fulfill all his dreams

As he galloped

He grew thirsty

His gallop slowed down to a trot

His shining coat now turned dusty

Mane limp flopping about

His body burned as if on fire

His brave spirit slowly gave way

All his thoughts of finding new pastures

Now slowly faded away

As he looked around him

All he could see

Were arid mountains

Boulders and rocks

Desert sands had filled the land

Where once green green grass did sprout.

Not giving up

The horse galloped

Trudging up the mountainside

He pulled himself up with all his might

Up to the peaks touching the clouds

And lo behold on the other side

The horse looked on with delight

For on the other side was his home

His spirits danced in delight.

For you see

His gallop had not taken him far from home

Just over to the other side

Where desert sands had swallowed the land

With green pastures lost insight

And lo behold from the mountain top

The horse did realize

The promised land that he was looking for

Was his own home

On the other side

It all started from where he began

Trying to gallop away

Not so far had he to go

To realize home

Is where

The heart wants to stay.

© 2021 Nithya Venkat


Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 08, 2021:

Thank you Chrish, you are so right . We lack appreciation of what we have and when we get lost we wish that we can find our way back.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 08, 2021:

Thank you Brenda for your visit and appreciation.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on January 08, 2021:

Same in life, we wander so much finding the place we ought to believe we belong. That sometimes we lost ourselves along the way, and worst we no longer find the way back home. The problem is just we lacked appreciation for what we already have

So much to learn behind your poem!

An awesome day to you

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 07, 2021:


Wonderful message in this one.

I loved the story of the horse.

Great job!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 07, 2021:

Thank you Louise Powles; horses are majestic creatures.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 07, 2021:

Thank you Nell, I am so glad you liked this poem.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 07, 2021:

Thank you manatita44, we are at times like the deer.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 07, 2021:

Thank you so much Bill, you made my day!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 07, 2021:

Yes, home is a safe haven filled with unconditional love. Thank you for your visit and comments FlourishAnyway.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 07, 2021:

Thank you John, I agree grass is always greener on the other side.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 07, 2021:

That's a lovely poem. Horses are such beautiful and majestic creatures.

Nell Rose from England on January 07, 2021:

That was beautiful. And so true for the rest of us, especially at this moment. I loved it!

manatita44 from london on January 07, 2021:

Charming piece and very meaningful. Reminds me of the deer that goes searching for its own scent, not realising that it was coming from its own body. Lovely poem!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 07, 2021:

I love the poem, I love your creativity, and I love the message. Well done, my friend. Thoroughly delightful!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 07, 2021:

What a wonderful way to describe the feeling of returning home after traveling. No matter how fabulous the places are that I visit, I like the comfort and predictability of the place that I call home and the loved ones there that make it home.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 06, 2021:

A delightful poem with a good message, Nithya. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 06, 2021:

Thank you MGSingh. I am glad this poem reminded you of your favorite horse.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 06, 2021:

Yes we are just like the horse in this poem.Thank you fit your comments and appreciation.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 06, 2021:

Well composed and thoughtful.

This is in fact true about the human beings too. Always thinking that may be the grass is greener on the other side.

Nice horse picture. Thank you for sharing this.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 06, 2021:

This is a very nice poem. I love horses and I've been riding them for the last 30 years and also play polo. Made me nostalgic for my favorite horse Hector.

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