I know better than to leave a place
And expect to find it
Exactly where I left it
This time, I return home a foreigner
I’m not sure I ever really belonged here
Forever in the pre-trembling of this half-
broken house
Always on the verge of collapse
Foundation rotting, eaten away
I fit here like a baby tooth already lost
Nothing grew in my place
I don’t complete this empty face
Not lost, just out of place
I teeter on the edge
And disappear without a trace


Shannon Donaghy is a junior majoring in English at Montclair State University. She just finished a semester abroad with Semester at Sea, and she looks forward to more traveling in her future. In her free time she enjoys reading, painting, and hiking with her dog.

Featured photograph by Karissa Lang

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