“Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” – By Naomi Shihab Nye

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After learning my flight was detained 4 hours, I heard the announcement: If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.

An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress, just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly. Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her problem? We told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.

Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick, sho bit se-wee?

شو دعاء , شو بدك حبيبتي , استني استني شوي , من فضلك , شو بتساوي

Translation: “Duaa (girl’s name) what do you want honey , wait, wait a second , please , what are…

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I write poetry, flash fiction, quotes and personal essays. Words flow forth like a river that cannot be dammed. Writing is my soul.
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3 Responses to “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” – By Naomi Shihab Nye

  1. t.dot says:

    what a beautiful story! what a beautiful share…thank you. Namaste xo

    Like

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi T.dot! So good to hear from you! Yes I thought this story definitely share worthy. Hoping others will feel compelled to reblog her story as well. Reminding us the magnitude of what goes on in this world is kindness and compassion. Now that is what we, as a society, and as a world, should be focusing on. Like creates like.
      Peace to you. And thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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