ARRIVING HOME

  1. My flight landed at midnight.
  2. Mom got me from Midway.
  3. Dad waited up.
  4. The house smelled the same.
  5. But felt a bit different.
  6. Less of me there, more of me in LA.
  7. We moved through each room, noting the changes, pausing to fill blank spaces with memories.
  8. Mom drank a Rumchata.
  9. Dad dug up old photos.
  10. I stepped away to put my bags in my old bedroom.
  11. And held back tears.