Rasma Haidri

Stopping by the Sea Before Catching Your Flight

We stay so long in the car
the windows steam over,
making a curtain that hides us
from red barn, rain clouds, gulls.
Mjelle’s red sand just visible
through the cleared circle
made in the window fog
by the mass of your brown hair.

Rasma Haidri grew up in Tennessee and makes her home on the Arctic seacoast of Norway. She is the author of As If Anything Can Happen: Poems (Kelsay Books, 2017) and three textbooks. She holds a M.Sc. in reading education from the University of Wisconsin and is a current MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her writing has been widely anthologized in the USA and abroad, and appears in many literary journals including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Runes, and Fourth Genre. She received the Southern Women Writers Association emerging writer award in creative non-fiction, the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters & Science poetry award, and a Best of the Net nomination.