A Poet in Gaza Reflects on Trauma

From a New York Times guest essay by Mosab Abu Toha headlined “On the Cusp of Invasion, a Poet in Gaza Reflects on Trauma”:

Mosab Abu Toha is a poet, a short story writer, an essayist and the founder of the Edward Said Library in Gaza.

I was in my family’s living room on the first floor when my younger brother entered one night this week. It was very dark, and electricity had been cut off for over 20 hours. My brother could not see me. I was just as black as the armchair I was sitting in. He took his place on a couch, and then the flash of an explosion a couple of kilometers away lit up the room.