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Nazhah Khawaja

Nazhah is Women Editor for THE DEMUREIST and is a Zumba Dance Fitness Instructor. Nazhah is a mother of two creative minds. After receiving a business degree from DePaul, she spent a couple years living and teaching overseas in an underdeveloped country.
Poetry

The sound of a dying heart

Do you not hear the sound of hope falling? It shatters as it hits the ground It clinks, it clanks Do you know what words sound like as they disappear? It is a backwards whisper An uncomfortable removal of syllable,…

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Poetry

Once taken

I don’t have a spine How do I walk? It’s missing I know it I’m empty My body becomes limp Legs buckle I begin to stumble I don’t have a backbone How do I stand? He took it I know…

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Poetry

Autarchy

Run. Duck. Hide. Wait… I come in peace. I am a mother, a daughter, a friend. Oh, I see my attire is ‘misleading.’ Shed my clothes, go ahead, strip me. Can you trust me now? I am bare I am…

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Experiences

Shamed out of hijab

There is nothing I believe in more than my conviction in The Almighty and Islam. I feel disgraced by my inability to declare my faith publicly, under scrutiny of prying, disdainful eyes. I am too comfortable with the usual presumption…

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