Beyond the veil


 

 Beyond the veil

My modest dress that you see

As a sign of oppression

Is for me the symbol of ultimate liberation

 

It urges you to look beyond the veil

To peel the skin

To peep through the physical

The limited… the confined

Straight into the essence

The infinite … the boundless

 

It’s a glaring statement

I am more than just a body

I am a mind… a heart… and a soul

 

Don’t just stop there

At the door… come in

Get to know me

For what I really am

 

It gives me contentment

And great satisfaction

With my femininity

 

It gives me dignity

As I refuse to be portrayed

As a sex object

 

It gives me freedom

To choose my dress

Not only wearing what men desire

 

It gives me privacy and protection

From all undesired attention

For my intimacy I only share

With the one I love

 

Does that make any sense to you?

© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved

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