Pharmacies
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    That’s where
    our family pharmacy used to be,
    my dad says, pointing to the picture
    in the Pakistani paper.
    Where?
    There.

    I try to follow his finger to the exact spot
    but I doubt he knows himself

    where

    in the chaos
    his pharmacy was
    before it disappeared.

    The Haitians too
    have lost their pharmacies
    in another kind of chaos.
    A catastrophic earthquake,
    CNN says.

    My dad must know
    how the Haitians feel,
    but I never knew
    the pharmacy.

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