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the little things we leave behind and the many things we take away

you know you’ve entered a hostel
when the walls are adorned
with scribbles and notes
about anecdotes
that people lived through,
right there

but most importantly, you know
each traveller
takes something home,
from there

bustling around
to sightsee
or just taking a moment
to breathe

curious to see:

what will this place
reveal about me?

buried feelings
wistful thoughts
long due realizations

you’ll pick things up
along the way

you may forget
the mountains and valleys
but the perspective
is here to stay

no wonder, it’s said

that wherever you go
becomes a part of you, somehow

so much of who we are becoming
are pieces we’ve picked up
from wherever we’ve been
until now



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Akhila Joshi

Akhila Joshi

Hey there :) Calling myself a writer seems a little too good to be true, so I just say: I write. I also like exploring new places and music when I'm not curled up reading a book or binge-watching.