Look Up

Your home is anywhere under the sky.

By Christine Biles - Peace Corps Volunteer, Tanzania (2015 - 2017)


You’ve searched all around

for something to hold on to,

spent months yearning

for the sights that could bring

you home. When doubt lingers

on your doorstep, look up.

At the clouds that are bigger

than any one life,  at the sky

that stretches to the end

of your world.

Walk upside-down on the tapestry

of grays and blues and you’ll reach

home eventually, wherever

that may be.

Block out everything but the sky

and you could be anywhere,

you are anywhere,

you are home,

with the clouds

that add the variety, dimension, reality necessary

to stall the battle between

your conscience and your ego.

Don’t deny it, you are a speck

of forgotten dust the dinosaurs

of the future will neglect to step on.

So look up at the sky, the clouds,

and feel okay in your smallness.

There is greater power and beauty

in this world than you can hope

to understand, but at least

you can stand tall and see it.

That is your importance.

You are a witness, a bottle destined

to bob in the ocean for eternity,

but inside you’ll collect

content deeper than all

that water below.

The message: your home is inside,

your home is above, your home

is anywhere, everywhere,

because you have learned

to look up and feel grounded.


This poem was entered in the Volunteer category for the 2015 Peace Corps Poetry Contest. The contest received more than 1,000 submissions, representing over 50 years of Peace Corps service in more than 100 countries.

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