tell me why
Ross Balcom is a counselor and frequent contributor to Songs of Eretz Poetry E-zine. His poems have appeared in Beyond Centauri, inkscrawl, Scifaikuest, Star*Line, Tigershark, and other publications. In addition to poetry, his interests include parapsychology, hypnosis, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). He lives in southern California.
Some say "home is where you hang your hat," but Mr. Balcom knows the truth of the matter: "home is where your heart is." A certain longing or yearning is evoked as the meaning of his poem is contemplated. "the explorer" has all of the features of a good tanka--each word plays its part, and the poem is elegant, balanced, and thought provoking--simple yet profound.