The modesty of the veil
hides nothing
like the modesty of the lashes
does not dull the flash of the eyes.
The beauty of a figure
the curve of a mouth—
these all are negligible
with the absence of light.
It is light that creates beauty
and illuminates evil reality
a weapon that can kill
or a bandage that can mend—
wear your modesty
but keep your eyes forward
your chin up
and your heart open
the better to be illuminated.

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