and feel sick when I hear the word bitch
no woman should be hurt by this
ugly little word.
and keep myself hidden in a burqa
so you won’t sin when you see
my innocent body.
and am afraid to be myself, to choose my life,
because your culture says
and am sad when I see you support
other girls but neglect
your sister and wife.
and am angry when you give advice
in public that you won’t implement
and am powerless when you take my freedom
with the lie that you trust me
but “society is bad.”
and go silent for fear
of being burned, hanged, or even killed
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