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These I Shall Remember


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Comfort me, oh Aibishter, by avenging Itche’s blood.

I look at my Zeida, and I see Itche.

Only the Aibishter can avenge his blood.

But I, Zeida… my sisters, and my brother, and my cousins, and I –

We will remember your friend Itche.

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