In the dining hall

The garage door style partitions are open to the kitchen

Hector and Oneda are fretting over speca dhe salcice

Has anything ever smelled better

Or been more like to cause envy


Paridi beep-boxes as he types out

Tomorrow’s school work

Hector finds comfort resting on one bench

Feet propped on another

Eyes fixed on his latest text message


Hana is quietly focused in on her laptop

Discussions are brief interruptions

To flourishes of typing

An underwear clad Petrit is talking

To Bruna as he paces


An energy all its own

A building full of joy

Awash in blessed love

Friends becoming family

Becoming friends


Joshua Hughes

October 2nd 2012