Gate A-4

Beautiful story, Albuquerque Sunport, beautiful poet Naomi Shihab Nye much loved by Santa Fe readers, sugar cookies…scent of world peace…

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Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye:

Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I went there.

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

I stooped to put my arm around the woman and spoke haltingly. “Shu-dow-a, shu-bid-uck, habibti? Stani schway, min fadlick, shu-bit-se-wee?” The minute she heard any words she knew, however poorly used, she stopped crying. She thought the flight had been cancelled entirely. She needed to be…

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this post. It reminds me of a Dutch lady invited me into her home, after I had photographed it. We shared dense desert in some ways like cheesecake and tea. Then she brought out her daughter’s wedding pictures; I felt like I was at home. My Dutch was limited as was her English, but we shared a wonderful visit. It’s remarkable how we are more alike we are than our minds let us believe.

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