I am free
I know you don’t believe it.
I can’t believe it either.
I can’t believe that I am the same woman
Who grew tall under your fists.
The same woman you tortured
Now breathes freely far from you.
I still remember
The day I promised myself
To break out of your prison one day
And free myself.
You won’t believe it but I am the same woman.
I have been able to live outside your shadow,
To be happy, and to flourish.
You said no one else would love me.
You said no one would believe me.
You said no one else would protect me.
You said I wouldn’t survive alone.
But far from your heavy hands,
I’ve given myself shelter.
I’ve loved myself.
I’ve believed myself.
I’ve broken the barriers and the hurdles
And I’ve freed myself.
Artwork by: “Burqa My Foot” by Sulaiman Edrissy
Art Model: Baran Hashemi
Read this poem in Persian here.