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

Your given right

We’ve learnt to not be like our mothers, like our grandmothers, like our khalas and maasis We’ve learnt that our space can no longer be denied, no longer snatched away from us We’ve learnt that our footsteps never needed to…

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Desi Queen

Damp dustin’ Dirty dish bustin’ Grocery listin’ Button fixin’ Biryani flexin’ Underarm waxin’ Children taxin’ Roti rollin’ Husband patrollin’ Dadi callin’         STOP WAIT.         You’re late.         Bleach yo face,…

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Victim of insecurity

It came to me when I was at my lowest, Creeping up my spine, making me despise every atom of my being, It came to me, an abundance of insecurity. Knocking me to my feet until I could no longer…

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The humming of a withered soul

Cover up little girl: diamonds fall out of your hair when you play like a child. Cover your beauty, for it is blinding the eyes of the lion. Learn as they taught you: your hair is a hidden treasure for…

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2016: R.I.P SPOKEN WORD

It’s 2016 In a few more hours it will be 2017 SO, WHAT On a calendar, it’s a new date In history, it’s just a new time In a human lifespan, it’s a fleeting moment    I EXIST AS A…

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If my words could…

If my words could comfort you The ink of my pen I’d never let dry To see you tell the story buried within To see you try If my assurance could calm you down I’d hold your hand tight To…

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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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and when she moves!

She sways like cold thin air Flows like a gentle water As strong as standing earth And burning in the fire of passion She is the one with strong desire For dance is all she admires World has given her…

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It will be…

On the night you were born We did not give sweets to the neighbors We cried out, ‘another girl’! Never mind You are here now To belong to us you need to… Work hard in class so I can be…

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Poetry

Daddy Issues

I’ve always defended you in your absence In the way I laughed off daddy issues when they were brought up As if it were a thing so foreign to me In the way I nodded in agreement when people praised…

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Poetry

5:41 am

Yes, we are Muslim women, but we are still humans that get our hearts broken. A friend of mine was asking me how she should support her loved one who is heartbroken. From that conversation this poem was born. 5:41…

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Forced

How does it feel to be forced in this way? How can anyone know? Unless she is the one upon whom it is forced She looks down at the drop and wonders… She did used to dream of her prince…

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“My dear daughter”

“My beloved daughter, this one’s for you. Your actions shall be questioned, whatever you may do They’d tell you what to wear, how to talk and how to eat. How to walk, how to sleep also how to greet “What…

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ZERO TOLERANCE

You say you have ‘zero tolerance for violence against girls’, ‘Zero tolerance for child marriage’, ‘Zero tolerance for statutory rape’, ‘Zero tolerance for child abuse’.   Zero. Tolerance.   In your definition of ‘zero tolerance’ do my Muslim daughters exist?…

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