[the poetry billboard] - 'Returning' by Joanne Leow

Joanne Leow

at this threshold of
departure / arrival
I remain fixed
on the dark lucent tiles
of the home airport

its large picture windows
blinding the interior
with light views of
departings / arrivings
its cold halls
filled with
the babble of its
efficient human machine

"tell me how you
know that housing projects fail"

I say
I know because I come
from an entire race
birthing and dying in these
high-rise boxes

"tell me again
why you are leaving"