there’s no place like it [the slightly lighter version]

perhaps you have always been slightly envious
or just bewildered
by those who have flippantly referred to home
as though it was the easiest place to be and find

– the default position, as such –

when for you it was just
sheer hard work.

and so
instead of finding home
you search for the leaving –
the place and moment
where you find yourself
in absence,
not presence

in the gift of being
away
from
here

and when they say
expansively and effusively,
‘there’s no place like it’
your response, whispered and unacknowledged,
is ‘thank god’.

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