Then feels for the pepper spray to assure herself.
She tosses her backpack on the seat next to her
on the bus everyday
and whispers prayers in her mind
because believing in this God and asking him for help
means she’s crazy. But “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…”
A child once said her eyes look like stones.
Then she learned that sometimes
contact lenses can make the eyes sparkle and
if you tear up often enough
people will believe it’s not because of you.
But she remembered dancing with angels when she was two, so she fought a war with herself to hold her head up high so they’ll see her scarf is her crown. And her feeble voice began speaking words louder than they could hear.
So she fell in love with her faith’s resounding calls because there are no other people on this earth who sing prayers into the sky five times a day calling their people to join in peace, while drones fly up above.