Often, people fail to understand the distinction between ethnicity and race, or they fail to recognize a line exists between them at all. Supposing that these two terms can be blurred together to coexist as synonymous concepts is a dangerous assumption.
In early October, a 14-year old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, was targeted for assassination by the Taliban. Her crime? She just wanted to go to school. And outspoken advocate for girls' education, she was accused of "promoting western thinking" and marked for death by the infamous fanatics. She was shot twice, once in the head and once in the neck. Two other girls were injured in the attack.
Imagining the catfish,
bloated, floating at the brim.
How many on hand to wrench
it from the murk? Two? Three?
Each struggling to gather a portion
of the colossal mass, swearing and
hauling the thing out, plop-
-ping it on tile, wiping their hands.
The cold, lifeless fish (as cold in life
as in death) splayed on the floor.
But maybe it just one. Staring
Into the empty (as empty in life as in
death) eyes and feeling strangely
pleased. The parabolic mouth
smiling, the whiskers dangling,
tickling her exposed flesh.
And she laughs, and for god knows why feels:
sometimes a catfish is more than a catfish,
And sometimes death is more than
even death can imagine itself to be.