“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
Throughout the maelstrom of adolescence
I could not wait to break free and explore
The world beyond home, in all its resplendence
Shone in my star-struck eyes that longed for more
Towards adulthood I marched with eager anticipation
Free to journey, and find magic on my own
Broke free from the reins in a surge of exhilaration
Set out for exotic, foreign lands all alone
Bewitched was I by novel experiences galore
Brash and audacious, each moment I savored
Each adventure made me long for some more
Home was forgotten, this was the life I favored.
Joie-de-vivre I thus captured in my travel
Never stayed long, never formed any ties
Did not get attached to soil, sand or gravel
Did not lose my heart, I thought I was wise
Shared many moments with strangers complete
Told countless stories to folks mesmerized
There was no emotion for me that could compete
With the lure of travel in the whole world wide.
The slowly shifting sands of time, meanwhile
Were exacting on my body and mind, their toll
No longer as young, courageous or virile
I was forced to attend to the stirrings of my soul
With no one around to call my own
My rootlessness suddenly became pronounced
As I realized this, an inadvertent groan
Escaped my lips and off my heart bounced..
A sharp pain lodged itself in my chest
Like a spear had pierced me through and through
I realized I had wasted the years that were best
Without forging ties, and now it was true
That I was alone, for love I now longed
Nostalgia for home suddenly engulfed me
I decided to journey back to where I belonged
The old dusty town that existed by the sea.
My hometown had changed for the better
In all the decades I had been away
A stranger again, but it did not matter
It was still my home, what else could I say?
I knelt by the sea, and picked up the sand
Touched it to my forehead, inhaled the smell
Tears filled my eyes as it flowed through my hand
I was finally home, and all was well!