Come Home to the Hearth – Judith Bristow

Bathe in fire’s glow

We really appreciate Judith Bristow’s fantastic submission to Voices. Judith is an amateur musician and Early Years Practitioner living in Helston, Cornwall. She loves writing poetry ‘inspired by the sea, the art and gift of storytelling, and human compassion.’ Thank you Judith.

Come Home to the Hearth

Come home to the hearth

Where your ancestors wait

To embrace you in 

bearskin, wool, cotton and lace


The twilight seeks in

The day is all won

By you, or some other

No matter – it’s done


Sit down by the warmth

Bathe in fire’s glow

Tell your stories – or not;

No matter, they know


Rest your head on old shoulders

Feel your hearts beat in time

Trust in the wisdom

Of your constant guides


Open your hands

Let the love come back in

You are safe and beloved

Next the hearth with your kin

Judith Bristow

Did you enjoy this poem? Why not visit Maggie’s website at: Maggie’s Centre Nottingham to find out more about their exceptional work and/or make a donation. Do you have a poem you would like to submit to Voices? Feel free to do so by email at: or via the ‘Contact’ page on this site.


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