I was a stranger here yet better known
Away from all I thought myself to be—
Away from all routines that made me, me,
I found myself in being severed grown.
Away from all the people I loved best
I found myself in newer company—
I found my soul in this older country
Away from where in strivings I would rest.
I came in laughter ready to enjoy
Yet leave a somewhat sadder, wiser heart—
Yet leave more whole for being torn apart,
I return dyed a deeper shade of joy.
Away I went to see the world’s wide wealth,
I return now, a world within myself.