- Laili from ELEVEN
Behind the Dusky Sideview Mirror
Songs queued on Spotify as we belted out,
counting every minute together
with every coincidentally harmonious note.
Our hearts rest in these voices
that fill our meetings and group chats
with laughter, as my eyes linger
on the side view mirror of the car.
In that moment, I am both completely present
and on a road towards an unknown destination.
In that moment, I see radiant orbs for eyes and twinkling smiles
in the shadows of the light.
In that moment, I inhale a sense of calm
while holding my breath,
In that moment, any faulty wiring in my heart and potential blackouts
were curtailed by a circuit breaker.
In that moment, all those bureaucratic medical data and figures
extinguished the light of faith.
In that moment, every family praying together
within the four walls of their homes
sparked hope, sparkling like the fairy lights on their windows.
In that moment, every Muslim praying in the penumbra of time
was testament to the resilience of mankind’s faith.
In that moment, even Dumbledore’s Deluminator
could not suck out the light from this community of Muslims.
But my heart did.