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Morning Departure
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This poem describes our warm family semi-basement kitchen as it was early one spring morning when I was going away, and the terrible feeling of anguish I had at wrenching myself away from it and launching myself into the unknown. I read it to my parents one time, and such was the strength of my recollected feelings that I burst into tears. I used to suffer terribly from homesickness, and I still do if ever I have to go away. I often think that going to boarding school would have destroyed me. Fortunately I never had to.

by Damaris West

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