This is a Letter to Your Beautiful Mind
By: from Rahat Kurd
from the scarfhead you glanced at
uneasily as you went past in the street today
the one you judged and dismissed
in the fraction of a second it took for your eyes
to transmit the image to your brain.
it is being written out of a weary kind of anger
because really i mean
it's only a scarf. Relax
the first response: go with your gut
i wear it
because i want to. deal with it.
the second response: politics and the fine art of the reactionary
no i'm not oppressed
no i don't come from iran
no i'm not a fundamentali-
hey. Hey! I'm TALKING to you--
third response: the appeal to intellect by reason
my scarf, my resolve, my love achieved
after seventeen years of edging apologetically toward this
way of life
will command your respect: assert my right to dignity
over the insolent stare of disbelief, contempt, or pity
will declare with pride our name, out faith, our identity
will LIBERATE my SISTERS
from becoming VICTIMS OF PATRIARCHAL SEXIST TYRANNY!!
...will keep my ears quite warm in winter, actually...
The Muslim Woman "Unveiled"
By: Izdehar Albowyha
You look at me and call me oppressed,
Simply because of the way I'm dressed,
You know me not for what's inside,
You judge the clothing I wear with pride
My body's not for your eyes to hold,
You must speak to my mind, not my feminine mold,
I'm an individual, I'm no mans slave,
It's Allahs pleasure that I only crave
I have a voice so I will be heard,
For in my heart I carry His word,
"O ye women, wrap close your cloak,
So you won't be bothered by ignorant folk
Man doesn't tell me to dress this way,
It's a Law from God that I obey,
Oppressed is something I'm truly NOT,
For liberation is what I've got
It was given to me many years ago,
With the right to prosper, the right to grow,
I can climb moutains or cross the seas,
Expand my mind in all degrees
or God Himself gave us LIB-ER-TY,
When He sent Islam,
To You and Me!
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