in the backstreets of Mosul
(or maybe Falluja)
it happens like a
meteor streaking across the
An Iraqi girl or (as she 'd rather be called) teen ...
standing before a window
a new thought
Something never before conceptualized
The sort of notion that, if nurtured and respected,
might alter the course of human history
Before she can savor more than three
seconds of epiphany...before her eyes can even display
the joy of revelation,
she is mistaken for an "insurgent "
(or was it "terrorist "?)
Sun begins to rise
Rays of light shoot through
bullet holes in her tattered window shade
The girl takes her last breath
as yet another day begins
Mickey Z. is the author of several books, most recently "50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism" (Disinformation Books). He can be found on the Web at http://www.mickeyz.net.