← Issue 10

On Thursday

by Nuha Fariha

Khalifa had heard it from Mina
who had heard it from Nusrat

On Thursday they had taken
Ishmael. His thin wire frame 

swallowed by night sky,
hands clasped behind him.

marched into an unmarked van
returned weeks later without

a word. same still sad smile same
unlaced shoes. At the masjid we

kept silent, our fears unheard
praying for benevolence from above.


Nuha Fariha is a first generation Bangladeshi American writer. Currently a first year MFA Candidate at Louisiana State University, she is the Fiction Editor for the New Delta Review. Her work has been published in Magma, Stellium Literary and the Liminal Review. Find her on social media @nuhawrites.

 Our poetry judge Michael Akuchie selected “On Thursday” for an honorable mention in the 2022 Roadrunner Poetry Prize.