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This March, a dear friend returned to her overseas university after spending a 3-month vacation here. I may never know how painfully sad she was feeling - perhaps an indescribable turmoil of feelings, or just a singularly strong emotion of anguish and despair. I may never know - so in this poem, I try to see through her eyes and soul, and perhaps, gain a different insight into leaving.


On a day like today,
a young lady arrived
at the airport,
with family
and friends.

Her heart was heavy,
and she was sad.
For she knew the time
has come to leave
this Heaven and
return to the
far lonely

Unsettling feeling
in her heart,
a kind of longing
to stay back forever.
A kind of familiar loneliness
that she was acquainted with,
comes to her again.

And she sighed,
wistfully, forlornly,
hoping again hope,
to stay in this limbo
of joy and

'Oh no, I'm leaving again',
she murmured,
hot tears threatening
to well in her eyes.

Bravely, she forced
a smile at her
loved ones.
Without much of
a second look,
she bid them

In the plane,
the girl sat,
with eyes closed,
reliving those
and fond
she left behind,

and those sweet voices
and carefree laughter
that accompanied
every single image
that went fleeting pass.

a faint smile ghosted at her mouth.

'I'll see them again soon.
Take care, my loved ones,
I'll be back.'
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28 Visitor Comments

Just Awesome
aka fat boy
it really touched me . ;(
Simple and pretty, I love your poem! thx for sharing
This is a good pome, When i read it i was amazed people have talent and your good at it
the poem was really great. i have faced a similar situation.
I loved this poem. I have friends and family overseas, and this is exactly how I feel. I never had the words to express how I felt, except that I was so sad when I left. I love this poem, great job!
This poem really helped me alot, I just left my job for a better one and i was so sad to leave my co-workers. This poem just shows me to look at the positive that i will see them again one day. Thank You for writing.
It touches my heart and i just want to say life is coming and going but between that we learn lot of things and live thousands of life.
Oh GOd this is so real n very true u made me cry this happned wen i left India n came to Kuwait same thing was exprienced by me thanks beautifully written very good!
hiii. poem was really touching. had a nice deeep thought. or did the poet have personal expernece. ranjith. !
this poem hurts me sooooo much inside because thinkin of it reminds me of my love one whom past ago 5 years ago. And this poem is the best i ever heard before.
i loved it! its great!
This is what I go through every time I deploy or return to my unit from leave. perfect for us female soldiers
I think that this a lovely poem. I'm moving to Nevada soon and this is exactly how I feel!
What a poem, it really touched me. Good work
As an officer on a cruise ship who leaves home and family on a regular basis, i can appreciate this poem. Thank You
An old boyfriend/old goodfriend is getting married. It's weird to know a part of my teen years is gone. no turning back, and though the memories bring smiles to my face, they bring tears also because I can never go back and re-live them.
I really liked this poem! I liked how things were first bad, but then the girl thought positively about the whole experience. It was a great poem!
10 out of 10, i resently got to spend a couple of days with my eldest sister, whom I had not seen in 12 years, when she had to go home to the other side of australia I was worried how she was to cope with leaving all of us again. Your poem was perfect! thankyou
I love this poem because the same thing is happening to me!
The poem is really expresses the inner feelings of the person who is leaving his/her beloved place, where he/she has spent golden days of his/her life. It does touch the hearts of those who have sentiments & love for people who cared for him/her.
this is a good one. very unique. READ IT. cuz everyone has a lo ved one that needs to be looked after.
This poem says it all, it is as if I have written it myself leaving my dear friends in the US to go back home in Holland. Thank you so much. Sas de Vries
Hi mister. I'm only aa wee wittle boy, but I wealy wiked ur powem.
Melvin~ That was really sweet. i am sure a lot of ppl could relate to that. I am only 13 but i have moved a lot of times and had to leave my sister brother an other realatives that mean a lot. And most of all my friends. thanks for sharing this i love it.
u r poem is really great... it just brought out the feelings that lingere in everyone's mind when they r departing... but u r poem also brings out the confidence of reunion.. keep u r good work luv.. uday
This poem really hits your heart and really makes you think about what is going on around you!
i could have swore this was wrote about explained my feelings and thoughts about leaving my home in ohio time after was very moving and made me cry.

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