Let the world forever stare
In amazement, at who I am
Or let them listen and understand
Without holding bias or revolting,
I obey no man’s command
A times the sun scorches
Spanning the firmament in waves of heat
At other times, the clouds shower rain,
Shall I not hide from the mayhem
Or play ignorant while I groan in pain?
Let them raise the issue
Over and again, to widen the mystery
I ask rather than hold resentments
Shall I then lower myself
To live by man’s fleeting sentiments?
I am of nature, but higher
The birds have feathers for support
And lions are covered in fur
While the tortoise is shielded in its shell
How then, shall I display my figure?
If freedom you wish for me,
Leave out my father and husband
I act upon my Lord’s will
Rather make my veil an honoured look
Among the rest and not ill
Find me beyond my dress or skin
But in my speech and intellect
How dignified were women in status!
When the Muslims and English paraded
The Earth in cloaks and gowns and were precious
Fatima Bint Abdul Alim started composing poems in 2013 though many of her poems are yet to be published. She won third place for a competition held in 2015, by Condolences.ng with one of her poems, “Another Day”.
In the poem, she described a scenario where the deceased was wishing that his loved one would stop grieving over his death. As she was still grieving over the demise of her sister in 2014, the poem became a source of comfort.
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