I am haunted by the halls
the arches and the lawns
the broad oak windowsills
of a house where I have never lived.

I am stirred by the scent
of an old orange grove
dusty leaves and golden citrus globes
of an orchard I have never known.

I am longing for the voice
the familiar caress
the lingering scent
of a lover I have never had.

YUSRA AMJAD studied literature at Forman Christian College in Lahore. She has been published at The Missing Slate, Crossed Genres, Cities+, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Where Are You Press. She lives in Lahore and detangles life through literary rants at