i came across this building nearly a decade ago
going for walks in the river valley even though
my mom told me people got snatched down there
i didn’t care.

i’d sit on a bench across the street
wonder who lived in each suite
how to get my hands on

the city is new because the right wing
tore down most historic buildings
during the oil rush in the 70s
but we’re finally on the map i guess.

one piece of history in the arctic
it used to be an orphanage
only been here a few weeks all alone
and i’m already homesick.


Sarah Ahmad