By Odile Uwimphwe
Davis College Akilah Campus Rwanda
People come by it diversely.
When it comes to home, people would give different definitions.
A shelter, a peaceful and calm place in their minds, some would surprise you.
As for some after a long day of work
A bed for the night will do to make the whole description.
Confused is the five year old
Trying in vain to understand how and exactly why
The one place that brings joy, happiness, comfort, and familiar faces
The same in which;
He experiences anxiety, panic, and sometimes, if he is not lucky, beatings.
All in one place he calls home “Mama’s home” or “Daddy’s home”.
With one stride of action, with one leg carried in a wrong direction
Joy, happiness turns into terror and the smiling faces turns into dark ones.
Then confused is his mind when he thinks of home as one would be if a mirror gave
A different reflection of the face he was viewing.
As he would be if that mirror was two faced or should I say many faced.
Single minded is the worker who, leaving his workplace tired
Exhausted, spent and drained of energy with one destination in mind: home.
A place with a warm, comfortable bed. The warmer and wider the better.
Nonetheless after waking up thinking of the face in the other part of the house, either
His wife or child, he remembers his problems, his money problems and last night’s conflict;
Home is no longer so safe and comfortable.
People cannot be blamed of being logical, can they? It’s no wonder whomever has no place to sleep is called homeless.
As if in a room with mirrored walls, each side gives its own reflection and so does home. So will a person get different answers if he asks a hall full of people: “What is home to you.”
Astonished he would think: “many answers as if many faced!” That is how he will go home with a new realization.