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Leaving Home

This poem by Nasim Patel (Dickson College) won first prize in the Young Poets Awards 2015, administered by IPSI.

Leaving Home

As a kid

Takeoff was as exciting as

The lights sucked into an  
abyss of dust

Cars like droplets of blood

Roads shrunk down to veins

The land exhaled

Life that we protect with a
membrane of amnesia

Afraid Afraid that the frayed wire
that bonds us will split

A teardrop wedding ring   
down the sink

Now when I take off

I feel my fingernails hook    
into the ground

And my body distorts into a

Content with its earth

I resent my shift in space

While underneath my feet

Tectonic plates glide restlessly


Nasim Patel