nadia abduljabbar

Rookie - 92 Points (25/5/1957 / Makkah)

Who Am I? !

Who am I? !
A fighter,
A survivor,
Or a crazy writer,
Or all,
Who am I?
Eastern or Western,
Or both;
I can’t live long
Away from Makkah,
And its marvellous Grand Mosque
And enchanting desert,
Yet in the same time
I long for the English
And all the Western countryside
I love the grand Arabic language,
Yet I sometimes, dream in English,
East and West are combined
In my heart and mind,
Both carry my thoughts,
Just like red and blue veins
That carry the human vital fluid,
In the East, People complain;
They claim I am too Western;
Too liberal and free for them,
In the West,
They say:
I am religious
In my own very special
And rather peculiar way,
Edward Said was “out of place”,
For he was forced
To leave his land,
I am in and out of place
On every terra firma,
Am I misfit? !
My friend: Huda
Calls me “a feminist”,
If I am so then
I am a Muslim one,
For I do not hate men;
Though they are sometimes

Yet I am sure
I hate customs
That wear the mask
Of religion to oppress women,
All I know is that
I love all of God’s grounds,
Roses and cats;
All of his creatures,
Including Man,
I want the best
For every body,
Though I passed
Through many a difficulty,
My life was,
And still is:
A series of hardships;
A kind of impossible ordeals,
Yet I managed,
With the help of Divinity,
To turn every
Loss to gain;
My pain becomes less
With the increased number
My personality evolves

All of this makes
My question a quest,
And it is a never ceasing
Fire that no one can quench:
Am I a fighter,
A survivor,
Or just a crazy poetess
And writer.

12 Nov.2005

Submitted: Monday, September 17, 2007
Edited: Saturday, April 09, 2011


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  • Rookie shel cope (2/16/2008 7:40:00 AM)

    I think you're all these things but above all you have been gifted to be a beautiful poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points adil Khan (9/23/2007 10:15:00 AM)

    nothing else you are a ideal muslim girl and it is a thing to be proud.
    khuda hafiz
    adil: -) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ana Monnar (9/20/2007 5:38:00 AM)

    The answer to your questions, in my opinion...You are a strong woman. You are special. You are smart. You stand up for what you believe in. You are sentimental. You are religious. You wish the world and man-kind great things. That makes you, 'YOU.' Which is great to belive in yourself and have your own unique identity. Congratulations! (Report) Reply

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