Magic Words

Voices are getting louder and louder,
Those voices that have always been meaningful

Even when no one heard or cared about them
Those voices that tear the moon, sun, stars—

The sky screams for the sorrowful voices
The sun spreads their sound everywhere

The moon smiles for the chattering hearts of women who always wanted the world to hear
Stars get energy from those voices and shine

Yes, these are the voices of those desperate and hopeful Afghan women
Who were tomboys in childhood, but when they grew up instead of a pen they got a baby in
their hands

Who were always thirsty to see the world beyond the house
Who always wanted to take a deep breath in fresh air, but the prison of the burqa became like
a part of the body

Who always tried to have a voice, but were silenced
Whose dreams remained dreams

For whom tears, grief, and worry were friends
Who sacrificed their lives for others and never wanted to break hearts

Who gave everything for the world
Now from those voices come magic words:

I am proud I am a woman
I am not going to dream anymore, I will make my dreams come true

I am powerful
I challenge the people who hate women
Woman means life
Woman means humanity

Woman means guider
Woman means ability

I will show you that one day woman means power
Life begins with woman

And ends with woman
Is complete with woman

By Farahnaz

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Comments

  1. This is beautiful and powerful! Thank you!

  2. Dear Farahnaz,
    This is such a strong poem, I really love it. It really is amazing how people in America take things for granted, especially young people when it comes to schooling. When you said, “Yes, these are the voices of those desperate and hopeful Afghan women who were tomboys in childhood, but when they grew up instead of a pen they got a baby in their hands” it reminded me of how much I take school for granted. So many people will make up excuses for missing days of school just because we don’t want to go but we should be thankful that we have the opportunity to go. I really love how strong you are and the line that was most powerful to me was “I am not going to dream anymore, I will make my dreams come true” you should stick to that. You really do show that “woman means power.” This is really beautiful and it’s great that you got to publish this and your other work for the world to read. Keep staying strong and keep writing!
    - Casey

  3. Every human being have equal rights. Unfortunately, women never got equal rights especially in Islam. But I guess lack of education is always interfere with ones rights. Nice to see a voice, who has courage and strength to voice her opinion. I hope one day voices like you will bring the status and rights of Islamic women at par with men in Afghanistan.

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