What is a Home by Shalini Kathuria Narang

Against a yellow background a black outline of a family and wooden blocks around them resembling a home structure
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What do you call a home?

A place to rest after you roam.

A pad to share with those with a common genome.

Or is it firstly and fore-mostly – a feeling, a syndrome?

Rooms, furniture and furnishings make a dwelling,

What makes a home a deep, special feeling?

With what and how much effort and intent?

Are homes sustained despite consent and dissent.

While each unit runs on different principles and note,

Home is ideally where members care and camaraderie  devote-

On each other to feel unequivocally loved,

With space to exist as individuals-without being judged.

So many emotions are at play in each home,

Good, bad and ugly-to which we are all prone,

Sentiments are teased and tested at regular doses,

High and low feelings exist with and without proses.

Happy homes run on large heartedness,

Dollops of forgetfulness and forgiveness,

Not on dominance and oneupmanship,

But on positive vibes and lasting friendship.


Shalini Kathuria Narang is a Silicon Valley based software professional and freelance journalist. She has reported for national and international newspapers, magazines and news sites. Her poems have been published in several anthologies including Starry Nights: poetry of Diaspora in Silicon Valley . She is a monthly contributor to Masticadores USA and has been published on Spillwords Press. Her blog site is:  Rhythm and Rhyme. She is originally from New Delhi and has settled in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters for 25+ years.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. such a beautiful poem about home Shalini! ❣️

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thank you dear Cindy. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It’s a pleasure Shalini~! 💗

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  2. haoyando says:

    Wish there are more happy homes in this world.

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Yes I wish that too and especially since homes are where children take their first steps and learn their first lessons-happy homes are seeds and soils for happy humans.


  3. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a lovely piece and rings so true. I wish there were more successful homes out there today. Congratulations on your publication. Nicely written. Hugs, Joni

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thanks dear Joni. I fully echo your thoughts about homes.


  4. Terveen Gill says:

    Shalini writes of home and the different meanings it harbours within it. Families learn the meaning of living and loving within them. It may not always be harmonious but that’s the reality of coexistence. Finding ways to adjust, give and take, creating memories that stay forever.
    Congratulations Shalini!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang says:

      Thanks dear Terveen for the opportunity to share my poem about homes. 🙂 Homes definitely have multiple meanings and happiness also has different definitions in different homes. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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