Because She Is a Girl

girl with red headscarf

People say she is nothing
without her family,
can do nothing by herself

Because she is Daughter
people say she should have been born
Son, that the father is angry
and look away if he turns brutal against her

Because she is Daughter-in-law
people say she is guilty
when she doesn’t bring expensive
goods from her father’s house,
when she doesn’t give birth to sons

Because she is Wife
people say she is enemy
and must bear
the husband’s beatings

Because she is Mother
people say her daughter
will endure the circle
of pain again, that she is weak,
needing the help of a man

She wishes her daughter blessed
with sons, respect,
and love of family

She knows
her daughter’s daughter will live
the same story, just as women
before her have suffered
because they are women

Because she is Woman
people tell this story.

By Maryam A. 


Comments

  1. Elizabeth Titus says:

    Dearest Maryam,

    This poem is so very sad and so true. These traditions are so ingrained in cultures such as yours. But by speaking out, you will help other women to dare to stand up, too.

    Love
    Liz

  2. Dear Maryam,
    This is a very powerful poem that expresses your reality. But I see something else in it that is reason for hope. Even though you are part of this society that most accept, somehow you are able to recognize the unfairness of it and know you deserve more. You are aware of your own worth and that means everything. i wish you continued strength and hope. You are a wonderful writer.

  3. Dear Maryam,
    Wow, that is an incredibly powerful poem. Beautifully written poem, the rhytm and language is lovely. I have shared it on Facebook.
    There are many women in the west, too, who feel that pain and hear that story. My didn’t transmit it convincingly to me, she criticized it to me. Because of her, I went to college (something she couldn’t do even though she was very smart because the money had to be saved for the son’s education). I am now a professor of literature in America.
    You are talented and a luminous spirit. Keep writing. You are not alone.
    Sincerely,
    Birgit

  4. This is sad but true. Only writing as powerfully and poignantly as you do can help bring awareness and change in the world.

  5. So sad…But true! Your are writing well. Scribble and express your feelings. Take care!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Maryam,
    You tell the powerful but two issue women like you face in Afghanistan. I’m glad that you’re able to come out and tell the people this. This is an important thing that needs to be addressed. I am glad that you’re coming forward to tell us about the struggle that women face. It’s important to have more women like you to come out to tell these kinds of stories. Keep on Writing. You are very good at it.

  7. Aonymous says:

    Dear Maryam,
    You tell the powerful but two issue women like you face in Afghanistan. I’m glad that you’re able to come out and tell the people this. This is an important thing that needs to be addressed. I am glad that you’re coming forward to tell us about the struggle that women face. It’s important to have more women like you to come out to tell these kinds of stories. Keep on Writing. You are very good at it.

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