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Women of Muslim heritage using the power of poetry to express their inner and outer worlds.
Poetry

They wanted us to forget her

They disappear the girls, But it’s the men who blur, for me.   Whose father, did what, when, With whose aid, why – I care less   About them. And only about you. You remain. You and your name  …

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Destinia

A wave of generational tales flows through me My yoni, my body – a benchmark for every blow every one a stamp of ownership   tales of so many that weep through me That seep into pores confuse and remind…

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I see.

Haunting mist cloaks the sky, songs of praise, eclectic bird cry, Dewdrops stake their rightful claim, on Nature’s early morning reign. I see, I feel, I love: The Creator of Creation.   Threadbare branches, anticipate, frond and fleur, lying in…

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She longs for silence

She shivers as more noise assails her, like blood splattering on a dirty wall. Moans and the sharp hiss of bullets. A large tank shakes the fragile walls. Did you know that the birds have stopped singing? In fact, most…

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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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Take me home

Heartbreak like this makes me yearn for comforts I never even had The urge to bask in my motherland’s South Asian sunshine and feel warm rainwater splashing down my back Elders calling me their child in Urdu, sending me to…

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A piece of meat

They call me bitch because I sleep with my dear man. They call me a slut for sleeping with a lover of people. I love, he loves. What more do you want?   They call me worthless because the man…

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“Log kya kahenge?”

“Log kya kahenge?” (What will people say?)   A boy adorned in the colour pink; a girl rejecting the ‘feminine’ blueprint.   A woman fulfilling her own dreams and desires, before adhering to what tradition requires.   A man. Vulnerable….

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Brain storm

Stormy seas swim silently No decency, no apology. In every crevice of the mind The waters drown, reason.   Battle ensues, gasping for breath Waves envelop fragile air Thoughts reach out for pockets of hope Amongst the sea, destruction.  …

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Poetry

your name.

on the day, on the night, at the right moment, the perfect hour, you make your entrance covered in the blood of all the women in your past. you rage, your first battle cry to let the earth know that…

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Poetry

Why should I hurt?

Why should I hurt? Why? When I treat even stones with kindness. I do not want to cover my ears nor cry tears of sadness. I do not want to dive into my thoughts nor speak words of harm. I…

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The anger under my tongue

I was brought up to live through agony To fly with my bleeding wings As I survive My freedoms, stolen from me Since I was announced a girl My tongue, slashed My Being, made invisible As I survive   I…

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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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I have my eyes closed

I find it dim right away Here, for you I may pray or at least, I try to say I try to find a place to lay   I have my eyes closed   I solemnly choose good words, sentences…

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This is for you.

For the women whose fathers Never stayed, Never poured the love You deserved into your soul. For the women who found love With the men like their fathers, Who fear finding a man Like their fathers. For the women whose…

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