Always a Survivor

When he touched her,
She never wanted it, but that was never his concern.

When he raped her,
He said he was strong and he could do anything he wanted.
He tried to take away her dreams.

He thought he had the power to destroy her world.
He said, “If you don’t marry me, no one else will take you.”

She was not ashamed.
She cleaned up her tears and stood tall.
She achieved her goals,
Crossing them off, one by one.

When he saw her again, he asked:
“You have a bad reputation now, right?
Nobody married you, right?
I warned you.”

She said with a smile:
“I heard you got married.
Does your wife know who you really are?
I don’t have a bad name. I am a teacher.
I am teaching your son to respect women.
Because I don’t want anyone to be like you.”

He looked at the woman’s bold face.
He could never believe
That one day she would become the heroine of her own life.

Written by: Zahra Wakilzada

Read this poem in Persian here.

 

Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra Wakilzada

A member of Free Women Writers, Zahra is a sophomore in high school and an aspiring writer and poet.
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Daughters of Rabia is a collection of Afghan women's writings in defense of their human rights. The book was published by two Afghan activists, Noorjahan Akbar and Batul Muradi, in 2013. Following the book's success and distribution in six provinces in Afghanistan, Noorjahan Akbar created the Free Women Writers blog to continue publishing women's writings in Persian, Pashtu and Uzbeki. Since then, the blog has expanded to include hundreds of articles, poems, narratives, essays and paintings about gender equality, environmental concerns, economic inequality, democracy and other social justice issues. With a weekly readership of more than thirty thousand, the blog has reached tens of thousands of Afghans. This website is the English translation of these writings. Read the Persian book here: http://bit.ly/DaughtersofRabia