It scares me to think
That someday I will leave home.

That someday
I won’t dump my backpack on the bench as I come back from school
I won’t hear the bang my bag makes as it slumps onto the ground
Exhausted and glad to be back
Just like me

That someday
I won’t sit beside my sister as we do our homework
In quiet companionship

That someday
I won’t eat at the family dining table
The scratch still imprinted on it from when I was three
A reminder that
Some things
Never change

I am still a kid
I still like the same things I did

But life is different now.
And it scares me to think
That the world has changed
That I have changed

That someday soon
I’ll pack up my bags
Say farewell
Goodbye, dear home
I’m sorry
for all the marks and bruises I have caused you
I’m sorry
to be leaving you

I shudder
The idea scares me.
Goodbye home?
I’m not ready
I’m not prepared

Originally published in KidSpirit Online for the Beauty and the Senses issue.

Caie Kelley wrote this poem when she was 16 years old and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys public speaking, swimming, running, and music.

Artwork by Eleanor Bennett created when she was 15 years old. She is from Manchester, UK.