She Who Dares

A displaced Iraqi woman and her cat wait for transport in the village of Shaqouli, near Mosul

 

Such a woman in black

surely can’t have a cat.

 

This woman covered from head to toe

for whom has oh, so many foe

 

How is it then that a white cat

in this woman’s bag so proudly sat?

 

A contrast of colour extremes

states so much more than might seem

 

An act of defiance in the face

of strict dogma keen to disgrace

 

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