Written by Trish Ries A ripple in the water, like a ripple in time Sunbaked memories on the river stone below Smooth steps under the arch of our feet Retracing memories carved in the trees. Sun rays leave their tattoo upon our skin Laughter can be heard above the splashing of water Dogs are making zoomies throughout the yard The lingering smell of barbeque is in the air. Timeless tunes playing on the radio Friendly neighbors passing by Goodwill gestures passed along Unity embraced amongst one another. Sunbursts in the sky Sparkles in every child’s eye State of the art, made by American The pride we know and love Loved ones celebrating fellowship Reminiscing about those no longer here Their memories live on forever Filling the air with love. Road trips to destinations unknown Building bonds like bridges over tormented seas Your song keeps bringing me back It’s good to be home.