TOLD

They said I was special
Too delicate to perch upon ordinary banks
My life was supposed at every stage
I was told to keep my mouth shut
Because they know better
I was told I had to be perfect
Lick honeycombs & sweeten your tongue
Let fresh flowers dazzle your strands
Stand up straight, but not too straight
Sit like a girl is supposed to
Oh the tiring regime
Has only just begun

I was taught lessons about ideal women
The ones who shun their dreams aside
Because family is what you live for
They said the chaste could never survive
Society has no place for those
Who go to work
And get back home after dark
They need to fear predators
Fear for their families honor amd stature
Fear is how an ideal woman can survive, safe and sound
All you need is a heart and flesh
Dreams will slowly fester your mind

I was told to keep my record clean
What will the world say if I’m impure?
I was told to keep my voice down
Bury that rising temper
Compromise till you die

They told me they only want what’s best for me,
If my choices will pave way for thorns and blood and chastity and dirt then so be it,
I only want what’s bad for me,
If that’s what it takes to stop being told the course of my destiny.

-Nameera.


Painting by Henrietta Harris.

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28 Comments

  1. Rameen says:

    Nameera I’m stunned. That’s such a powerful writing. Every single word has been expressed brilliantly. Wow, Too good ❀

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    1. Nameera says:

      Thank you so, very much Rameen!❀
      I’m so glad to hear that you like it, means a lot coming from you.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rameen says:

        My absolute pleasure Nameera. I’m truly humbled by your kind words. Have a great day ahead ❀

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  2. Abhay says:

    Wonderful expression!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      Thanks a lot Abhay!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Amartya says:

    You have painted the reality with such exquisite piece of writing. It is sad to see that our society has tarnished further over the years.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      I know right!
      It pisses me off every time we take a step backward because of these stupid mindsets.

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked it! πŸ’ž

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      1. Amartya says:

        My pleasure.😍

        Time never passes for these people. They still live in the 18th and 19th centuries.πŸ˜‚

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      2. Nameera says:

        Oh yes!
        They’re like mosquitoes with a really long life span who’ve circled the same old bucket of shallow water, remaining stagnant all there lives & spreading sick notions.

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      3. Amartya says:

        They should be banned.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      4. Nameera says:

        Without a doubt. Someone get me a mosquito repellent please, I’ll do it myselfπŸ˜‚

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  4. Jokerswild says:

    Volunteer or β€œVoluntold”? People feel that others must be programmed in order to keep them safe and to keep themselves relevant. Society has programmed themselves not to think as they are all told, it’s a chain. Beautifully and truthfully written.🌹

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    1. Nameera says:

      I agree hands down With what you said. We’re so used to being told that we don’t even realize it.

      Thank you so much! 🌸

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jokerswild says:

        My pleasure lovely, your post is so true. Loved how you wrote from the heart.

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  5. Anne says:

    Both the writing and the artwork are absolutely amazing! I’m amazed by your talent!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nameera says:

      Oh no this isn’t my artwork(wish it was πŸ˜€), it’s by Henrietta Harris, one of my favorites! I’ve mentioned the link to her website below.

      Thank you so, very much for dropping by! ❀

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  6. Rulla Alani says:

    Nameera, this is stunning! I’m sure so many women can relate to your words, including me. May amazing souls like you continue to shed light on feminism and the harsh reality of current circumstances 🧑

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    1. Nameera says:

      Even though times are changing but there’s a lot that needs to accomplished before we attain equality. Moreover, it’s not about being equal to men in physical aspects but both genders deserve equality on the bases of respect, talent and intelligence.

      I’m so happy that you could relate. ❀

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      1. Rulla Alani says:

        Exactly! You explained it perfectly. Of course we have biological differences but we both deserve the same opportunities and respect.

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  7. parikhitdutta says:

    Let them say what they want to. But you’re special in our own way. Chase your dreams, soar high, do what makes you happy and not them, follow your heart. πŸ™‚

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    1. Nameera says:

      That’s exactly what I live by! Admittedly I’ve had to hear retorts because of that attitude but if we look closely, there’s always a shallow end to what ‘they’ say. At this point, I’ve grown to enjoy their remarks & laugh it off in their faces. πŸ˜€

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      1. parikhitdutta says:

        That’s the spirit and I’m glad. I agree and as the saying goes empty vessels make too much sound πŸ˜€

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      2. Nameera says:

        Yes, we’ve been blessed with too many empty vessels to deal with. 😁

        Like

    1. Nameera says:

      Thanks a ton!!

      Like

    1. I hope it is ok I reposted this. It is clear it belongs to you. I hope you take it as the highest praise I can offer.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nameera says:

        Of course it is!
        Thank you so much for reposting it, means a lot to me😊❀

        Like

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