The Silver Lining

maybe
you shouldn’t
have left college
married that man
had that man’s kids
ditched that man’s kids

maybe
you shouldn’t
have drunk that beer
smoked that cigarette
bought that razor
listened to daddy

they say
fate brings a
silver lining
they say find it
you know dark clouds
are your fortune

but maybe
they’re right
maybe
you’ll get
yours in

the end

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Ruth Nasrullah

Ruth Nasrullah is a freelance journalist who has written for the Houston Chronicle, Azizah, Islamic Horizons, Juicy, The Lily, Toastmaster, The Trek, MuslimMatters, and Religion News Service. She has a masters degree in journalism from Emerson College and a MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. Currently, she is working on a book on religion in America while focusing on activism and volunteering. She is a New Jersey native who has lived in Houston since 2003 and is an alumna of Dairy Hollow, having stayed there in 2017 and 2019. The link to her website is below.

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