Simone Inez Harriman

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Burka - Poem by Simone Inez Harriman

Rock thrown at ocean
Silent sea of blue women
Little mesh window

Topic(s) of this poem: senryu


Comments about Burka by Simone Inez Harriman

  • Bri Edwards (8/31/2017 11:29:00 PM)


    i enjoyed the poem and this comment, in poem form, by Jak Black:

    Wait awhile, the tide will turn,
    Witness, then, the blue sea churn.
    Power, flowing, uncurtailed.
    Feminism, now unveiled.

    there are a number of interesting comments below. i WONDER how many women who wear little windows like wearing them, how many dislike wearing them, and how many never give it much thought, as they were raised to expect such dress in adulthood. it certainly would make it difficult for store operators to identify a shoplifter when reporting to the police!

    i wish i knew exactly what you meant to say by:
    Rock thrown at ocean.............what is the rock? i guess if women DON'T wear what religion (or

    I enjoyed the poem, AND this comment, in poem form, by Jak Black:

    Wait awhile, the tide will turn,
    Witness, then, the blue sea churn.
    Power, flowing, uncurtailed.
    Feminism, now unveiled.

    there are a number of interesting comments below. i WONDER how many women who wear little windows like wearing them, how many dislike wearing them, and how many never give it much thought, as they were raised to expect such dress in adulthood. it certainly would make it difficult for store operators to identify a shoplifter when reporting to the police!

    i wish i knew exactly what you meant to say by:
    Rock thrown at ocean.............what is the rock? i guess if women DON'T wear what religion (or social mores***) calls for, real ROCKS may be tossed their way for their transgression. : (

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    from Merriam-Webster, online:

    Definition of mores

    1
    : the fixed morally binding customs of a particular group
    have tended to withdraw and develop a self-sufficient society of their own, with distinct and rigid mores — James Stirling

    2
    : moral attitudes
    the evershifting mores of the moment — Havelock Ellis

    3
    : habits, manners
    organized dancing developed a whole set of mores and practices of its own — R. L. Taylor
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    Bri :)

    p.s. Senryu, Haiku. There was at least one comment about the poem’s “Form”, listed here as the “Topic”. I don’t care which it is. I think few would care.

    This poem’s ‘link’ is:

    www.poemhunter.com/poem/burka/
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  • Susan Williams (8/25/2017 4:18:00 PM)


    It is not often that three lines of poetry get such enthusiastic comments as this one has received below! ! ! That is how to influence the world today toward a more compassionate understanding world where there are open windows everywhere. So vividly written, Simone.10+++++++++++++++++++++++ and a place of honor on my fav list (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2016 4:13:00 PM)

    Burka
    Three lines that speak volumes.
    Life is certainly limited when viewed through little mesh windows.
    An impressive bit of work, Simone!
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  • (3/19/2016 11:00:00 AM)


    Sometimes they wear it by choice but in most cases it's forced. Discrimination is one perception but for them it is just their way of life. This is a very well thought out senryu. Thanks Simone...!) (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/7/2016 1:07:00 AM)


    A gem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/9/2015 3:29:00 AM)


    A last reply to Daniel. An old saying by educated liberated Turkish women comes to mind here, 'Cover the head, cover the mind', but while I was living in both Istanbul Turkey and Jakarta Indonesia the trend to cover the head increased, and in Jakarta I know this was the women's choice with regard to my wife's friends, but these were scarves not burka which is a huge difference. As head scares are trendy and fashionable with some Indonesian women, this trend of scarves at least will increase there, but do not be fooled into thinking this represents virtue, the reasons for wearing are as varied as some women's shoe collections. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (12/9/2015 3:21:00 AM)


    I agree with Daniel Brick that this is a necessary poem, and when reading it I was so engrossed in this poem that I forgot to vote for it, and since no one has voted on it I will start the ball rolling with a 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2015 4:08:00 AM)


    Stunning piece of presented integrity and realism. Racism of one gender to another. Great insight and frugality (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (12/4/2015 12:02:00 AM)


    Insightful crafting and beautiful imagery! Yes, women need to be empowered, especially those within Burka. Let them come out of the' little mesh window'! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (11/25/2015 3:38:00 AM)


    This is a necessary poem, you are showing solidarity with the world's Muslim women. There is an Islamic scholar, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, whom I revere as a Man and Philosopher. I met him at a conference and we talked together
    like old friends. B-U-T when the issue of women comes up he retreats into the biases of his religion. He speaks oft the interiority of women which is an excuse for silencing their free expression of themselves as inidividuals. expressionopinions.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxokkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
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  • (11/24/2015 10:07:00 AM)


    Wait awhile, the tide will turn,
    Witness, then, the blue sea churn.
    Power, flowing, uncurtailed.
    Feminism, now unveiled.
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  • Terry Craddock (11/21/2015 7:18:00 PM)


    Burka Mystery Dilemma: Sacred Personality Deleted

    so much is seen unseen veiled
    in mystery personality deleted
    in public places quarantined

    behind bars male severity imposed

    religion or female talent creativity suppressed
    behind framed mesh fibres spaces enclosed
    behind trap burka viewing spot mind censored


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Burka' by Simone Inez Harriman.
    Dedicated to the poet Simone Inez Harriman.
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  • Brian Mayo (11/21/2015 6:26:00 PM)


    narrow the viewpoint
    filtered through a screen of hate
    sunlight can't enter
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/19/2015 1:19:00 AM)


    Beautifully done. ' Little mesh window' is very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (11/18/2015 3:31:00 PM)


    so much is seen unseen veiled, in mystery personality deleted, in public places quarantined, behind bars male severity imposed, religion or female talent creativity suppressed, the framed mesh fibres spaces enclosed, behind trap burka viewing spot mind censored? (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/18/2015 2:01:00 PM)


    What a stunning visual! This is more Senryu than haiku, but it has all the elements and then some. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/18/2015 1:06:00 AM)


    Silent sea is wonderful imagery brought up forward here with wise motive. Thoughtful sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (11/16/2015 4:25:00 AM)


    Underneath who knows
    Its for ones that know
    :)
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  • Paul Brookes (11/15/2015 11:55:00 PM)


    clever really enjoyed this one unusual subject for a haiku but it works Andy (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 12, 2017


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