Home is the place you carry
In your heart

One you left when starved with famine.

Roam as you wish in teenage years
It’s the start

Of a life across foreign waters,
The adventure awaits

But you never forget home. 
Home is the space you marry

With your heart: like Rome
You’ll always return from

Across foreign waters.
The motherland, calling you home.

One you left when starved with famine.


Robin McNamara is an Irish poet from Waterford City. He has over 150 poems published worldwide in America, Canada, Ireland and in the UK with Beir Bua Journal, Dreich, Versification, Pink Plastic House, Daily Drunk, Full House Literary Magazine, Dream Journal, Second Chance Lit, Literary Heist, Dwelling Literary  & Impspired. A regular contributor to Spillwords since 2018 where he is currently Author of the Month. Robin is also involved in the Poetry Ireland and Black Bough Poetry poetry prompts. Robin’s forthcoming debut chapbook was written during the lockdown in Ireland. Under A Mind’s Staircase, is published by Hedgehog Poetry Press and signed copies are available at: