Definitions

My favorite definition of “home”

is ‘where you know the internet password’.

A place where I’m comfortable carting my backpack around,

pulling my laptop out, (that safety blanket:

I used to carry a book everywhere,

to keep me calm, a source of potential

for work, escape, a feeling of progress);

now I carry my laptop with its

automatically-connecting internet.

And consistent spaces like that,

(safe for work and play and comfort)–

that seems a better definition than most.

 

I like that in the modern era

(I haven’t arrived yet, still don’t use phones)

I like that in the modern era

peoples’ phones have Hotspots as well,

those have passwords as well,

and so you can automatically internet-connect to people.

You sit down and connect with people,

and it’s the same deal: they’re the people who share their

data with you, the people you settle besides.

By this definition, people are home, and

how right isn’t it that people are home?

 

It’s cool that home can be defined by a set of clusters:

not one place (hasn’t been for a while), but an assembly

of internet-clouds; you could wander around a city /

airport / campus / building / family / friends and drift

from one network name to another.

Would “more” home be greater connectivity over a wide space,

or overlapping sources of internet in one location?

Home as a distribution, continuous or discrete,

moving as your people-hotspots walk their usual paths,

changing as you acquire more places, remove passwords from memory.

 

I was settled once and I’ll settle again:

say “visiting” instead of constantly claiming locations,

accessing separate sets of emotion and

overlapping memories and calling them all mine.

But isn’t it fun to give a path, a “I grew up here then

went there then spent time here and am here now?”

It’s such a lucky chance to spread and settle, to try here

and try again, meet the subtly different people and cultures,

and return, always, to a home.

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