Familiar Place Unfamiliar Surroundings

You can not go back home again


Old expatriate’s
Homebound heart
Questions galore
Will I find the home
Long ago
I left behind

So much has changed there
Mornings do not start any more
With greetings from familiar voices
Do not hear the chirping of birds
Nor hear infants cry
Hear only strange voices all around

People passing by the front yard
Eyes search for familiar faces
Neighbors who were like my own
Uncle, aunts, brothers and sisters
All those I had known
In the grasp of cruel time all are gone
All that remained are memories, and
In my heart
An unexplainable anguished groan

Inside the four walls of the house
Searching for familiar faces
Hoping against hope, maybe I will hear
Loving voices of those I lost

Mournful whistles of long distant trains
No longer disturbs my midnight sleep
Hooting of owls does not pierce anymore
Abject stillness of the night
Inside the closed concrete house
There is a strange silence at night

In a familiar place
Tired mind searches for what is lost
Only an unfamiliar surrounding permeates

It’s difficult to make an
Inconsolable mind understand
You can not go back home again


Author: pranabaxom

Poetry is my passion. I am not a methodical writer. I have no set topics to write about. What I feel, perceive, think about, I will like to share in this blog. I open my mind to the world. Like the weather, sometimes my poems are cloudy, sometimes stormy. I always like to see sunshine streaming through the leaves of trees, so I hope I can share some of those sunshine with my readers.

11 thoughts on “Familiar Place Unfamiliar Surroundings”

  1. Having been in Brazil as a volunteer these past 13 years, I also wonder what it would be like to go back to live in the US. I am not from here and now I am not from there. Strange to be from nowhere so I will be from everywhere. hugs, pat

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    1. Thanks for visiting and liking this poem. This is the first poem I wrote in my mother tongue after long long years and it was published in the yearly magazine of our community in 2014. I later translated it to English for posting to my blog.


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