just why i am glad to have known you,
the most important thing I would say
is this: i am no longer a tourist
in the country of love.
i know all the roads in this land
and need not consult maps drawn by
uninspired cartographers; i know
where its treasures are found,
unguarded, and where its most
treacherous passes wait, unmarked.
it is true that i am now
an exile from my own country
but i am fluent in my adopted tongue,
and almost never homesick.