ISSUE 7: JUNE/JULY 2017 / POETRY

“Even my husband does not know I’m a woman!” by Faleeha Hassan

Every time I speak with him about the river

His mouth waters at the smell of fish

He starts to count the clothespins and watching the weather forecast when I smile to the cloud

But he loves me if I’m

Limited as booklet

Thin as the remnants of pencils

Amazing as a clean white shirt in coal mine

Faithful as glasses of blind man

And beautiful as broken wall clock

 


Faleeha Hassan is a poet, teacher, editor, writer born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who now lives in the United States. She is the first woman who wrote poetry for children in Iraq. She is leading poetic feminist movement in the holy city of Najaf. She got a master’s degree in Arabic literature, and published sixteen collections of poetry in Arabic including Being a Girl.

 

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