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Author

Zeenat Arif

Counsellor, Poet, Indulging in thoughts, writing some.
Poetry

You’re free they say

You’re free they say, You have choice they told me, At what cost though? I didn’t know. I have free will I read, So long in the lines I keep. That scripture spoke to me. My soul though, Will guide…

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Poetry

Survivor

Everything about you unseen Is beautiful, Your mind, spirit and soul. Everything you’ve been through, That has made you the survivor you are, I’m in awe of that. The grace with which you carry your healing, Lovingly and tenderly. Your…

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Poetry

Let the light in

If it is true what Leonard Cohen said That it is through cracks that the light gets in, then I have my answer How I survived Why I survived I opened myself up to my broken mess And turned it…

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Poetry

Who I am

Who I am Felt unknown to me I lived a life told to me How I speak Refined by another How I dress adjusted by her The way I walk Didn’t seem right For I didn’t fit right I was…

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Poetry

It’s a crazy world we live in.

It’s a crazy world we live in. There’s a pinch of bad people With their own histories, Doing injustice, not owning it, Blaming their prey: You came in my way. We grow up blaming ourselves Hurting ourselves, just like they…

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Poetry

The quiet is deafening

The quiet is deafening, When all is laid down, Every piece of me, What parts must I keep? What must be removed? Who told me all I know? Being me is so simple, Yet they made it sound so hard….

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Poetry

When I was labelled Muslim woman

When I was labelled Muslim woman I became defined By the generation I was born in and the struggles we carried From ‘I’, I became ‘we’ in an instant. When I am seen with my scarf Covering strands on my…

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