… a person who is sojourning through a land without belonging in it, or to it.
A useful word.
Two days on the highways — and only two gas fill-ups! — have landed me back in Austin, MN. Always, always, a home-coming after an absence has an element of gladness and rootedness to it; however, that is utterly lacking this time. An odd feeling surrounds me, as if I no longer belong here. What is this unusual green color everywhere? And the cloying thickness of the air? Where are my beloved red rocks? Why can I no longer hear the canyon wren’s mournful descending whistle? I will allow myself the grace to walk through the next few days at my own pace, processing my re-entry slowly and thoughtfully.
It is painful to be missing Utah so intensely, but perhaps it is a Big Clue.