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

Under a lamplight

Sublime,Far out I have comeFrom the shattering of universeLeaving stars pelleted to stubborn grounds.Screeching like brakes, ready to dismantleTo be replaced.An unsettling scene unfurling, louder than a possessed stampedeGushing, the dam will soon break: no holding onI free fall, the…

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Poetry

I am the morning rose

I am the morning rose. At dawn, I stand erect. The breeze carries the scent of my dreams. My petals form a thousand smiles, the ones Hafez once wrote about. I will gently wither. I am patient. My petals will…

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Song of sunflower

Didst thou think I am always happy? Because I am the colour of Summer, As I shine and glow, like virgin lover; Because I laugh when all pass by, As they forget about their meagre lives; Or maybe I remind…

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Poetry

The Embrace

The sounds of nature surround me Birds tweeting in a myriad of sound The gusts of wind shake the trees with a might I can hear the howling rain as it crashes in sleets against the window panes Nature in…

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Salaam from my desi house

Full of noise and chatter Smells of cooking Spices and pakora batter When I make the rotis It’s got to be round not square About twelve to make with five of us to share and care Hard work living in…

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Standstill

I watch the world go by Silently I hear the chime of time Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock No mouse ran up the clock Instead people sat alone in dead space Once together in laughter & harmony But not…

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Brave and beautiful

She is a brave warriorShe can overcome any barrierShe doesn’t need a knightCause her battles she can fightAny obstacle in her path she can eliminateHer own destiny she can createShe is loved by her friends and kinShe has the light…

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Storm before the quiet

An eerie silence greets me As I walk along the streets My footsteps echo an awareness of my arrival In a land once trodden in multiplicity I hear the strained voices of passers by Tainting by the silent world in…

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Poetry

Thank you, marijuana

Didn’t know this myself until by smoking marijuana I’d entered    into it From my body hewed from   a man’s rib, a wing’ll hatch without me even knowing it– in the throat swords with their sharpness sunk in the…

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The threads of Eid

This year will be different We will smile at one another Through our hearts Intertwined, threaded Across miles and miles  Yet nearer still, our seeds Have never been as steadfast As the time we had to maneuver For parking Or…

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Poetry

Working class

I’m classed as an essential key worker But not in most peoples eyes I’m the lowest of the low How far can you really go? With that terminology To that place, you detest the most Cos you think its worthless…

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Not your spice girl

I am more than spices, mango in the summer, cinnamon in the winter, cardamom to feel good, cloves for a cold There is so much more to my heritage than magic ingredients More than the saffron, the cumin, turmeric that…

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Poetry

Woman

Here I am with Women Of all shapes, sizes, all colours and creeds Today we are stood together Against all atrocities against women Violence, domestic abuse, rage and pain Of a 100 nations in a 100 languages Read, spoken, heard…

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Self Love

Eye liner on fleekFigure so slender and sleekStarving, in the name of dietingApart from threading and waxing Wearing painful high heelsNo matter how she feelsReal eyelashes falling off with mascaraSpending hours and hours in the spa Straight hair, makeup fairTo…

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Fair and Lovely

Every morning I unscrew the pink and white tube my grandmother stuffed inside my suitcase as I left her home in Delhi. Her words still ringing inside my ears, “don’t forget to use your Fair & Lovely! A girl of…

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