The Arab Muslim Women (6)

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An Address to the Arab Muslim Women (6/32)

So it happens, once he is through with you,
He throws you away, just like garbage.
When you do your utmost for his well-being,
He mistreats you instead of paying you homage.
No wonder you are filled with bitterness and outrage.
Thereupon, you'll be free to - or not to - take revenge.
However, you will be too magnanimous to hold grudge.
You will find the new situation not so hard to manage.
Even though it may seem, at the start, a little strange,
Yet you shall assume full responsibility with courage,
As well as you willingly shall accept the challenge.

or a long time, you had to fight tooth-and-nail.
Very soon, you will be on your own, out of jail.
For justice will sure, in the end, prevail.

You were very young still, like babies in the crib,
When you did first hear, several decades years ago,
Of the proclamation of the Western Women's Lib.
Keep in mind you are an independent entity,
Not as Eve who was formed from Adam’s rib.

Acts of violence you daily are confronting abound.
You can neither act nor react; you are religion-bound.
Whether you are or not with him on common ground,
Whether you do progress or just go round and round,
Whether you stay put or are free to move around,
Whether you are free to go out or are housebound,
Physically and/or psychologically you are held hostage
By the family, religion, society, your whole entourage.
All your endeavors of liberation are met with sabotage.

You may be fortunate to get some outside help.
You certainly are required to take the first step.
You may move forward in confidence; you shall not slip.
However, open wide your eyes and look before you leap.
Be aware, alert and stay awake; don’t go to sleep.
Remember your acquired status of a liberated woman
Is something you sure don't want to lose, but to keep.
Also are you quite aware that what you sow you reap.
You are on your own; you follow him no more like sheep.

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