How to make a home away from home
Step into the room that is now to be your kitchen, sitting room,
Dining room and bedroom for the next three years and try
Not to feel claustrophobic,
These walls aren’t your enemies,
Learn to love them
For they are all you will see
On the long nights when you cannot sleep,
When your mind is a battlefield,
And the only thing that will calm you
are these white walls silently staring back at you.
Walk out into the torrential rain
That seems to go on for hours to come.
Feel your lungs breathe in the same air but
yet become heavier.
And somehow these raindrops that touches your skin
Feels cold and unwelcoming.
See these aliens pass you by and search for
familiarity on their faces and friendly smiles.
Find another lost soul,
Because you are certainly not the only one
Trying to make a home out a place that is far from home.
Try not to suffocate in the cigarette smoke-filled airtight clubs,
Or allow your eyes to water and burn.
You should be having fun.
This music shouldn’t deafen you.
And finally swallow your frustration,
Hold back your tears.
Try not to reminisce about the sun
Beating down on you,
Which not only soothed you skin
But calmed your entire being.
Don’t mistake the low hum of traffic down the street
For the sound of waves crashing onto the beach.
Try not to long for home when making a home out of a place
That is far from home.