Like the clouds, you drifted 
away to distant land
In pursuit of your dreams.
You endeavoured to gain
A life of affluence, 
Leaving parched hearts behind.

The glitter of  strange land,
New places and faces
Captivate, mesmerize,
Lifestyles entice, provides,
Ostentation presides.
Success is misconstrued.

Engrossed deep in your strive 
To ameliorate life
Success prioritized,
Bonding gets compromised.
Your visits become few
swapped by excuses new.
Feelings wane away as,
You endlessly explore
While far back at  home,
Vacant eyes search for the 
Happiness and warmness,
that money can’t purchase.

Your loving  grandmother 
turns stoic, keeps counting days,
Ears hung  to phone bell, waits
eagerly for your news.
Living  for all these years   
Vicariously through you.

The doors await your steps,
festivities  miss you, 
along with the loved ones,
to bring back their lost smiles.
And make this house a home,
for  souls hungry  for warmth.

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