Being a Muslim Woman

A poem.

“Crows” an Illustration by Saima Shamsi

Being a Muslim woman
there is no room for error;

there is only urgency

as the blaring of red and blue sirens 
seems to replace

the Trumpet of Gabriel.

The world is on fire

so I stand on the brink 
of today and tomorrow

to scatter yesterday’s ashes,
and give birth to hope.

The world spins,

so I make a life for myself
in the margin
in-between the spaces that overlap.

I balance myself 
on this tight-rope

hanging in mid-air,
anchored by nothing.

The world watches, 
holding its breath

as I walk the line.

The air that I breathe

is full of history
and the sooty residue

of bloated,
well-dressed men

giving birth to war.

So I set foot,
to find a new home

on the outskirts
just along a bridge

that borders where our worlds meet.

Until we face each other
and collide;

and inside of this 

is the energy;
the untapped reserve.

After our countless battles,
The dust settles
and we try to recover

to pick up the pieces,
to build anew.

I know all too well 
that when I close my eyes
the world will not disappear.

Are you aware 
that when you close your eyes
I will not fade away?

Or cease to exist

like a disembodied ghost,
a soul without a home

a trace of me
will always linger,

just as the eternal smoke 
of a world on fire

hesitates in the air

until the spinning of time
is stopped.

It may be my fate 
to keep the world awake

so no longer will I rest
as a sleeping landscape.

Because the skin I live in 
itches with urgency

as my voice reaches out,
and refuses to stay silent.

A Poem by: 
Saima Shamsi

Email: [email protected]

Website: saimashamsi.com

My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saima-shamsi-9a503b17

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


Spirituality in Motherhood and Leadership

by Zubaida Bai

“Come From A Place Of LOVE. Love Is The Most Powerful And Healing Energy.” With Bianca L. Rodriguez and Dr. Kristyn Silver-Brook

by Bianca L. Rodriguez, Ed.M, LMFT

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.