Poetry / Nooshin Ghanbari

consider this—
                nothing is permanent.

someday, the place we call
                home will be emptied
from the inside out—

                skinned from within—
filled with foreign heartbeats
                and people who don’t know our names.

does that frighten you?
                they will live a new history,
treading over ours and cutting

                down the rosemary bushes
in the backyard. no one will know
                the heartbreak stitched into the curtains—

the echoes of us in the drywall—
                the concrete and love
the foundation was built upon.

                no one will know this place like we do.

Nooshin Ghanbari is a third-year English major at the University of Texas, Austin, where she was recently awarded the 2016 Ellen Engler Burks Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing. She currently serves as the assistant poetry editor of The Nocturnal Literary Review, the official journal of the university’s Plan II Honors program. Her poetry has previously appeared in Skylark Review.