Travel notesIssue 01 | November 2008

Sheikh Zayed Road

by Helena Axelson Fisk

The truck driver is young and dark, dressed in ill-fitting beige trousers and a red, worn tee shirt. The policeman’s thumbnail is long and thick. He saunters over to a driver that has stopped in the middle of the road to ask directions. They talk things over while the other policeman checks our papers. I get the green slip: not guilty.

On my way home, I pass through Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village, addresses that didn’t exist when we moved here—as familiar to me as my hands by now. As I enter the gate to our neglected and aging compound, I wave to the Indian watchman/gardener on duty. He holds a university degree and shares a corner hut with five other compound employees.

Voices reach me from the playground area, where the grass was once brilliantly, irresistibly green; it has long since turned to sand.

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About the author

Helena Axelson Fisk, editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine, Frostwriting, catapulted herself from Sweden twenty years ago and hasn’t found her way back yet. She now lives in Dubai, where she composes fiction inspired by the Middle East while listening to the music of cranes and building-waste chutes.

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Two Poems by David Havird
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Holland by Rick Mullin
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The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
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Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
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Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
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