Welcome Home
— a poem by Jocelyn Edelstein‏

I’m driving in the rain on Saturday

My eyes scan skies and look for a sign of your loud, thoughtful YES
I slept last night shackled with dreams the size of whales
I rocked in my sleep,
back and forth like a great blue,
caught in the net

This motion is not ordinary
It is not safe even when it is contained
It is rattling up from the bases of spines in creatures
who no longer know what it means to trust the rhythm of a wave

This sing-song pattern of restlessness is your storybook and it has no ending
It is only a passage pressed to pages on a shelf by your bed


You will wander and remember the way the creature that was also you
used to be
before you knew how to be crazy
Before you knew how to be vulnerable
Before you knew how to be free
Find me
I’m the one that wrote a sign and posted it 10 feet up a telephone pole on the
corner of 33rd and Broadway last week
Welcome home space cowboy

The Poet: Jocelyn Edelstein is a writer, filmmaker and dance teacher based in Portland, Oregon. Her previous writing has been published in Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 and Best Women's Travel Writing Vol. 8. Her feature length documentary, Believe The Beat, which follows a group of dancers on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, can be previewed at www.urbanbodyproject.com

The Artist:  Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, and many others. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.