En Route to Bangladesh, Another Crisis of Faith
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En Route to Bangladesh, Another Crisis of Faith

Tarfia Faizullah

We pass over heavy shadows
 of large clouds pinned to traincars

lined up like unused blocks
 of colored chalk—red then green,

blue then orange—until we are 
 propelled(推动,驱使) higher, and the trains

are swallowed by these jagged(锯齿状的) 
 strictures(狭窄,苛评) of land that are no longer

sand nor rock nor water, but a child's
 drawing instead—until the distant ocean

is the only fabric that fills this punched-
 out plastic hole of a window—that is

the blue that falls over everything, that is
 everything—blue on blue on blue—like the one

strip of light left always on the airplane ceiling
 that the pale, plastic shades cannot shut away—

until that narrow vein of light is the only
 belief left, a cream-thick ribbon(缎带) across our eyes—

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