Editor’s note: This piece was written in response to a prompt asking for the author’s reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden.
Once upon a time there was a land with a blue sky and green ground. Every morning the sun greeted the land with warmth; every evening, the moon and stars lit the dark night. Flowers colored the pathways. Birds chirped joyful sounds. People lived with comfort and joy. Girls went to school as did the boys; children played with toys.
It was a timeless autumn, the day the sky darkened. People worried it was not a good sign. The sound of the wind was so loud, the sun disappeared. Soon, the people learned a monster had come to occupy the land! He broke everything, crumbling their world into sand, making color disappear from nature so that black and white dominated every feature. There were no sounds, no light; there was violence, persecution and horror reached a height. Women were locked inside the home walls. Men were beaten, killed.
Children forgot to smile.
But violence cannot stay forever:
The monster left the land and died. Clouds scattered. The people could see the sun shining again.
Sky becomes blue, land gets green.
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