SSQ (12-05-1986 / East London)

Welcome Home, Stranger

my heart has wept
long after you left
my heart weeps again
now that you're back
my eyes have grown blank with despair
i can barely recognise you aged face
your swarthy skin battered by the northern winds
raddled by age, advanced by solitude
jaded.
bilious
baked by foreign suns to senescence
though you went in search of propitious opportunities
you sacrificed me for greener pastures
i do not complain, though
for the strong winds have
blown you back home
welcome, stranger

by Stella Sisanda Qishi

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