Poetry: I Wish I Can Show You My Face

December 15, 2019 – Los Angeles: The latest Artists For A Better World International “Poetry of the Month” selection features work from Hiba Ayshabi Babu Rasheed of Doha, Qatar.

You are welcome to submit your own poetry, which will be simultaneously considered for both of the ongoing Artists For A Better World International poetry projects:


I Wish I Can Show You My Face

I wish I can show you my face.

Show you the dark purple eye-shadow I am wearing

Oh, not for an evening of fun out with the girls

It’s from the sleepless nights I spend crying on the memory of my dead son’s little baby fingers

He is now up there in heaven

I wish I can show you my face

Show you the bright red lipstick I put on

Oh, not for a romantic night out with my man

But from the blow a very courageous man, a soldier, gave me with the edge of his rifle

I now smile with my dry lips, whenever I see kindness

I wish I can show you my pearl necklace

Oh, it wasn’t a gift from a secret admirer

It was strung around my neck and tightened

When I fought for my innocent husband in jail

I now smile secretly, thinking of joining him at his palace, I smile so secretly, even I don’t know I did, in my sleep

I wish I can show you my butterfly tattoo

Oh, it wasn’t done at a parlour in Jersey

It was burnt into my skin with a cigarette when I was lost in the mall without my mommy, by a rich lady

My children now knows, Rich ladies are not mean, because their mother is not mean

I wish I can show you the world

that I live in

Not so that you can save me

But so that

I can save you.


by Hiba Ayshabi Babu Rasheed of Doha, Qatar