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A woman comes to America to study
a sari flaps as feet strike the sidewalk

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.
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