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I leave the vessel, the war is over and done/
I see my friends and colleagues, celebrating what we’ve won/
Signs that welcome back, hugs and kisses all around/
Families reuniting, love and happiness is my sight and sound/
My fellow soldiers bid me goodbye, ready to move on with their lives/
And I prepare to find my friends and family, ignoring my internal cries/
I hold all my baggage, glancing around the dock/
It’s only now that I realize that it’s only me without a rock/
I hide my pain and sorrow and force out a small smile/
And then hop on the next bus, riding for the next mile/
With no one expecting me at all I decide to carry on/
And that’s the story of my homecoming homelessness/
Loneliness and all/