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The Return

By Fr. Bobby Gilmore

Noisily he made his haggard way 
down the corridor to the departure gate
a gimp exuding anger.
Taking a seat he announced under his breath
audible for those near to hear
that he had traveled halfway round the world.
Expecting welcoming attention for his emigrant status
or even an inquiry of where he had come from
indifference greeted his smouldering announcement 
stoking his unresolved anger of having had to leave home.
Now, needing a welcome there was none.
He felt a reject
just a number robbed of selfhood
trying to grapple with loss and change 
between Australia and an Ireland that
he imagined was home
but no longer was. 

Columban Fr. Bobby Gilmore lives and works in Ireland.

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