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.
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
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