VALOUR IN DARKNESS
by Hibah Shabkhez
As ebony concedes star after star
To the bruising mist from the east
We cackle and rise.
Smiles of triumph after our secret war
Light up the suffused heaving breast
Of morn-stirred skies
Accustomed to mourning our dishonour
In the morning’s lonely watches
Today we celebrate our own valour,
Those of us who saw cockroaches
Fly, and did not run.
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