Buried Memories: The Other Immigrants by Saba Husain

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March 3, 2016 by katmcdaniel

There are moments in which events in our past connect powerfully to our present. How do we express such synchronicity?

 

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Grand Central Terminal, 1929 © Recuerdos de Pandora with CCLicense

As human beings we move from one reality to another, crossing so many bridges that we become bridges ourselves: between countries, between cultures, between periods of time, between our own memories.

Most of the time we simply keep moving.

Sometimes synchronicity, the meaningful connection between seemingly unrelated events, stops us in our tracks and asks us to reevaluate and reinterpret how we see our lives and their connection to others around us. The Other Immigrants by Saba Husain is a revealing expression of one of those moments.

Passing through the soaring architecture of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, in the footsteps of travelers and immigrants from many lands, Saba is transported back to her home in Lahore, Pakistan. It was a whisper carried across the famed Whispering Gallery that took her back to childhood under the lemon trees. She hints with an eloquent simplicity at a sense of continuity between her younger self and the self that now makes a home in this distant land. It seems, almost, that she could step across time and into the streets of Lahore, taking us with her.

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Saba Husain, published in Natural Bridge Journal #34, Fall 2015

 

Note the path that winds its way through Saba’s words. How exhilarating and humbling to experience a moment in which the pattern of your life reveals itself!

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Buried Memories: The Other Immigrants by Saba Husain

  1. […] Saba read “The Other Immigrants”, inspired by a trip to Grand Central Station in New York City. In this lovely, spare poem, Saba thinks of the countless people who have travelled through Grand Central Terminal to make a new life in the United States and remembers growing up in Lahore, Pakistan. As human beings we move from one reality to another, crossing so many bridges that we become bridges ourselves: between countries, between cultures, between periods of time, between our own memories. This beautiful poem appeared in Natural Bridge Journal and you can read it here. […]

  2. ISHRAT says:

    First of all I must congradulate Saba.She is an amazing poet& her poetry is very thought provoking.It touches the heart.I read it over & over again & am fascinated by her choice of words.My best wishes to her.Hope she keeps on writing for all of us to enjoy & think over lots of things she says.

    • katmcdaniel says:

      She has a wonderful voice, doesn’t she? Eloquent and simple, powerful and vulnerable. I am so glad to call her my friend. Thank you and welcome to synkroniciti!

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