"A Native speaker of Excuses"

16 Jan 2018

Lama Abdallah:

I am not oppressed
How dare you imply
That I don’t know my own mind
That I am so weak I bend to the wills of the men in my life
That this scarf is on my head
For any other reason than my wanting it to be
That I am a victim
Trapped in the chains of a barbaric faith

No more.
I will re-learn what has been forgotten
I will dust off the rumpled pages
And lose myself in the beauty again.