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I’m waiting for the weight of apology to be lifted from my tired shoulders
All the scrutinising and criticising of how I look and how I do
For the apology that is long overdue.
Tell me again how being free means letting go of me
Tell me again why I have to endure hate crime, as well as misogyny
Get paid less, get told how to dress, don’t be oppressed but accept less room for progression.
Come forward about rape, unless you’re accusing your President
Gender inequality is becoming increasingly evident.
Everywhere you turn
Wanting to ask why you’re here.
And now my people are banned
And I can’t understand how this is allowed to happen.
To refuse refuge to a child, or those fleeing war
Hurts the world itself to her very core.
She bleeds for our misdeeds and as we fight over colour and creed
We forget how much she needs us to plant seeds.
Seeds of love: to grow compassion, to nourish us with acceptance.
Hanan Issa is a UK-based spoken word artist, poet, and writer. She's a bi-racial (Welsh and Iraqi) on-the-fence Feminist Muslim woman in a hijab. Her content covers many topics but mainly focuses on the female Muslim experience.