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Querencia is a metaphysical concept in the Spanish language. The term comes from the Spanish verb “querer,” which means “to desire.” Querencia describes a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home.

We never had towering buildings to flaunt
Nor streets packed with Mercedes or Ford
Nor brightly-lit houses in a subdivision
Not even a lavish meal on our table
But we do have trees soaring to the sky
And an unpaved road as we fly our kites
A horror story on our candle-lit nights
Oh, and freshly picked veggies for us to dine

A small town, that is where I’m from
Long stretches of mountains, rivers, and lands
The minty scent of summer leaves
Giggles and laughter beneath the heat
No concrete jungle of white and gray
No rush hours or chasing deadlines
No wariness or faking smiles

A small town, that is where I’m from