Poetry: 2 Poems by Faleeha Hassan

Poetry: 2 Poems by Faleeha Hassan

Scarf

Do not be scared of me
I'm not an alien
Coming from space
Hiding its horrible sensors
Under its hood
I am not here to attack you
 No
Don't be scared
 I am not a female spider
Hiding in her web
Trying  to wrap your body with my silken thread
I am not a barbaric woman
Just dancing  on the  drums of death
I am a woman like you
Smiling like you
 walking on my feet like you
 crying, laughing, dreaming and singing  like you
The difference between us is
……………. in the war I lost so many
It's a scarf
My scarf
See it, touch it, feel it
Do not let it cover your mind
From seeing the real truth

 

Yazidi man

(To Hamid Talo and his three daughters whom he bought from Isis in Mosul)

On TV
We all were watching him  
an old man
whose tongue stumbles from the weight of the sad words
He says: "I bought my daughters with money" 
We were all watching him
Me with my burning tears
My daughters with their fear of the unknown moment
The hopeless soldiers on the border playing hide-and-seek with the bombs
Our children who stutter when they speak the word future
We were all watching him
He says: "I asked people for this money, I bought the first one for $12,000 and the second one For $12,500 and the third one for $13,000,   
Do you understand the meaning when a man buys his daughters and his women with money?"  
We never understood this
We did not know how they sell and buy lives
We were all watching you  
With hearts pulsing with fear
And hands full of nothing
 

Visual Art: 2 Photos by Wayne Russell

Visual Art: 2 Photos by Wayne Russell

Poetry: 3 Poems by Kristin Ryan

Poetry: 3 Poems by Kristin Ryan