A woman comes to America to study
Perspiration dots her neck. Japanese
Elms color the pathway. Her littered apartment
Breathes chemical smells from occupation
Of previous students. Bike locks grip
The liberated cart, a hostage to further
Travels. No one can explain the
Feelings she has. Excitement to begin
Her studies battles with homesickness.
No other Bangledeshi students at
These lodgings, but Chinese and
Danish newcomers instead.
The smell of cedar blocks hangs
In stale air. A newly opened studio
Apartment disgorges another batch
Of bewildered students who lack
Furnishings. Soon they will learn
How much they don’t have. How one must
Start early, shop quickly, and never
Surrender the cart. No one stops you
From pushing it the 2-3 kilometers
Largely uphill. Employees recover them later.
She is fortunate to find others who
Told her what to do. Come a week early.
We will guide you through. Buy early
Before other students come. Find staple foods
And buy them up. Make friends at every store
And they will tell you about bargains. Show
You are confused. The Americans here
Expect this and help students every year.
Down her brown back.