By Fatima Nizamuddin
Albert D. Lawton School, Grade 6
"The pure land."
Tall buildings, restaurant chains, traffic jams, busy workers
Grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles
An uncle's wedding
Friends, family, fun, fantastic
Drums beating, BBQ chicken sizzling on the grill
Hot and spicy biryani served on huge platters
Hip hop music pumps through the hall
People cheer crazily
Girls dance in multicolored ghararas swinging with delight
Music, boom box, disco light
Happy, hopeful, loved.
An old, bearded man gets ready for work around 6:30 a.m.
Destitute, wrinkled, worn out
Preparing his cart with fruits, vegetables and handmade children's toys
Mangos, kiwi, bananas, apricots
Pakistan -- where I'm from
My home, my country, the place I belong.