I left home and said hello and goodbye

I left home and said hello and goodbye.
My parents sent me off to better me;
I grew up like a bird found wings to fly.

New friends–now family–took me up high;
they opened up my eyes at last to see.
I left home and said hello and goodbye.

So many friendly souls to call out hi,
make memories of truly being free.
I grew up like a bird found wings to fly.

On many days, I lay under the sky;
at camp, all of it seems meant to be.
I left home and said hello and goodbye.

In class, I learned to ask and learn and pry,
and learned not just to listen but decree.
I grew up like a bird found wings to fly.

At night, I danced and sung ‘Merican Pie,
the days of youth became life’s gateway key.
I left home and said hello and goodbye.
I grew up like a bird found wings to fly.
*Writer’s note: This poem is inspired/dedicated to CTY, a summer camp organization that I’ve attended many times. Each time has been a completely new and irreplaceable experience, so here’s my way of reminiscing those weeks. (:

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