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Almost Home

Chaitanya Read-Walsh


I traveled four days
I lived July 16, 2004 twice
I am in an aircraft
Moving backwards
It feels like an hour and a half
Is eternity
Only a short time separates me
From Joy
From hugs
From the people I love the most in my life
I should be tough
Resilient to my own heart
I am fighting myself
Good thing no one is looking
I don’t want them to see an American Soldier cry