The salty smell of the ocean
The humid breeze dances in
A sea of flags wave in the wind
Eager desperate mothers try to contain their excitement
Anxious children ask their questions
Moms and dads embrace and stare at the horizon
Fellow friends have come to celebrate
And there I stand in this assembly of strangers…
I’ve waited so long for this day
I flew here for this day
I’ve pictured this moment for months
So many letters
So many tears
Will it be awkward?
Will it be strange?
How much longer?
A signal blares
The crowd cheers
And one by one
All in white
They step onto the pier
My heart stops
We smile, we cry, we laugh, we hug, we dance
And we leave
It’s finally over
My ship has finally come home.