Nausheen Eusuf is a doctoral student in English at Boston University.
She holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and her
work has appeared in Acumen, Orbis, Mezzo Cammin, Raintown Review
and other journals. Her chapbook What Remains is available
from Longleaf Press at Methodist University. "Going Home"
was originally published in Envoi 148.
© 2012 Nausheen Eusuf
I watch the strobe lights blink in silence
above impervious clouds, eleven time zones,
and mountains like crumpled paper in the distance.
I wonder about the lives of passing towns.
And as we approach home, the land I love,
its deep-veined rivers and emerald plains,
I think of things we try but can't let go of,
of time and change and what remains.
I think of home, what separation has meant.
Indifferent, the plane begins its final descent,
the earth turning below us, like the turning
of generations. I watch the dawn's orange hue
rising in the east, the grass still soaked in dew.
The mist hangs low. Soon, it will be morning.