Harlem shadows is a collection of poems that hold such deep meanings. “The tropics in New York” captures that homesick feeling in such a few words. This poem spoke to me most because it reminded me of the people in my life. Both sets of my grandparents migrated to the US, specifically to New York, and started their new lives. Yet everyday growing up and being surrounded by them there was never a time when I wasn’t hearing them say that they didnt miss home. My grandmother from Puerto Rico has had plants on her fire escape, balcony, front porch and even inside her house since I can remember. It’s a part of her that goes anywhere she does. It reminds her of the peace and beauty of nature even if she’s in an apartment in Brooklyn. Just like the poem says “set in the window, bringing memories’’ and ‘’hungry for the old familiar ways”. For some people it’s the ambience, or the food, or the way people dressed that they miss from home. In my grandmother’s case, it’s her plants because she would feel so incredibly homesick and incomplete without them. “The tropics in New York” shows how homesickness can be extremely crucial to someone.