Battered …Still Undefeated

To wear your love…
Thorns that crown my head
and glide your ring…
A noose around my neck
To bear your seed…
A burden in my womb
To carve your name…
A curse upon my tomb.
To share your faith
But demonize your God
And quench this thirst
That I have long begot.
Raze your mosque, erase your creed
Profane the doctrine you’ve been taught;
Quench my need, and feed my greed
Let all spoil, crumble and rot.
Ruthless?  Perhaps…
But lest you forgot:
Slain hearts continue to throb, thrash and taunt.

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  1. “Raze your mosque… Erase your creed” ! The needed reform of religious traditions, concerning every aspect of life, and certainly regarding women’s roles and situations.
    Thank you Amal. Loved reading you this morning.

  2. Hello Amal, she can be undefeated and heal her wounds. But she can also have the “battered person syndrome”. Repeated cycles of violence usually can result in the following beliefs and attitudes:
    The abused thinks that the violence was his or her fault.
    The abused has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
    The abused has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.
    Anyways, i love your poem 🙂

    1. Thank You both for your comments.
      Lili, if only battered women were able to “snap out of it”, but it takes great effort to adopt new thought patterns, it takes education to teach the society around the victim that spousal abuse is NOT okay. It takes learning to value oneself and truly love oneself to:
      a) not ever find oneself in that type of relationship in the place
      b) expect respect, deference from others
      c) see the red flags and trust one’s instincts instead of hoping to change the other person.
      You are right, repeated cycles of abuse renders the victim powerless, that’s why women need to learn to be assertive and demand their rights aggressively.
      Having said that, I cannot place myself in the shoes of a battered woman, and I cannot pretend to know what thoughts go through their heads, I can only hope that we can all learn to be movers and shakers rather than indifferent bystanders.

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