goodbyes are hard

to leave behind
familiar places
not as an escape
too many moons
in the same old building
for the world to open
to let the broken flow
reunite with the deep understanding
of my soul for wanting
for needing
to go away for a while
a while became a year
full of extremes
full of firsts
full of surprising myself
around the globe
desert heat and arctic tundra
fjords and seas and jungle
between solitude
and shared stories
shared laughter
shared connection
glimpses of lives
i once almost lived
now just passing through
a restless soul
the moment of coming home
to a place
to a feeling
that has no name