Beneath a Mother’s Feet

 heaven is under a mothers feet

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men sing softly into our ears.

A woman is not a Siasar—a black head.
She is a human, should be treated like one.

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men softly sing into our ears,
while they strip us of our rights.

Women’s laughter shouldn’t be silenced
to save men’s innocence. A woman
is not a sheep who needs the rancher to walk her.

She can travel alone.

Hijab should be a woman’s choice,
not dictated by family or society.

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men softly sing into our ears.

Mohammad would never say
women are Naqis ul Aqal—deficient in intelligence.

He worked under the supervision
of Khadija.* A woman can’t be
Naqis ul Aqal,
yet give birth to intelligent men.

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men softly sing into our ears.

By Mahnaz

* Khadija was a businesswoman who became the wife of the prophet Mohammed.


Comments

  1. Katherine says:

    Mahnaz: This is a very powerful poem. You made me feel how disturbing and upsetting it can be to hear people say one thing and then act very differently from what they are saying. In only a few words, you were able to argue very strongly against all of the hatred and anger directed at women. Your ability to write so well is a powerful reminder of why all women should be respected and listened to.

  2. I love your words, Mahnaz. The strength of your words, the power of your words, the wisdom of your words. This poem is bursting with truth. I hope many people will read and listen. Stacy

  3. Mahnaz, such a nice poem, I hope men see, understand and respect mothers!

  4. A strong and moving poem, Mahnaz. I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the soft, rhythmically comforting refrain: ‘sing the Afghan men sing softly…’ and the bleak, hard reality of the many ways in which Afghan women are undermined. Beautifully done.

  5. Nancy Antle says:

    Mahnaz — This is a beautifully written, powerful poem. I love the way you alternate between the sweet song of the men and the cruel reality in their behavior at other times. Well done! Nancy

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