It’s just that life can be so beautiful and it can be so painful.

FACES BY FADWA AL QASEM 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 45

“I don’t know,” I said. “Is she black? Is she white? Minority, majority? What is she feeling? What is she thinking? Does it matter to me? Should it? Does she want to hear my story, too?” There’s a lot of beating hearts out there.

You know how when your whole face cries? You know why you’re crying but …

This post is for paying subscribers