I see her face. . . full of love but heart-heavy,
"You'll never be home again."
Forgive me, Mumma,
I must travel . . . my insatiable curiosity drives me on.
Shocked by my father's tears,
a sudden realization of the depth of pain.
We would not see each other again. He knew.
I should have said how much I love you both . .
now I am separated from my children too.
One day in a far off place
we will be together.
No goodbyes ever again.
I am looking forward.