Two Homes

you’re not from a place
until you leave the place
only then does it become true
when the familiar scenes
you’ve loved and known
you find others
never knew

you’re not from a place
until you leave the place
only then does it become real
when the quiet bench
in the secret spot
is no longer yours
to feel

you’re not from a place
until you leave the place
only then does it become clear
when the memory
of trifles had
turns into something
you hold dear

you’re not from a place
until you leave the place
this, I learned too late
because once you’re from
a second place
there’s no refuge
you can take


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