Welcome to my writing page
I have been writing poetry on and off since highschool, but in the last three years or so that I've become immersed in writing.
What you'll find here are links to various writers, publishers and journals. Many of them are friends who have encouraged me and helped me grow as a writer.
You'll also find my own work here and, where permission has been granted, the works of others.
The Fib Review is an online journal for Fibonacci style poetry edited by Mary-Jane Grandinetti of Muse Pie Press. Fib Review #6 contains the only (so far) poem I have had published. It is a thrill when a writer of any genre sees their first work published somewhere. I hope you enjoy it.
Poets write about many things about which they are passionate, mainly love and romance. I'll leave off those subjects for the moment and move to two others about which I feel strongly, violence against women and the sol called "honor" killings of young women of certain cultures. I will let the following poems speak for me.
The women lie to themselves
about the bruises and broken bones,
the cuts and scrapes their
so called loving husbands give them.
And then they lie again about
what a good man he is while trying
to cover the bruises with makeup,
making up lame excuses
about why he did it.
The little girls cower in fear when
daddy comes to their room
when mommy is away
and touches them in all the wrong places,
giving them scars that will never heal
and even though mommy knows,
she won't say
because she doesn't want her man
to beat her
or leave her
and take her little girl away,
but it's already too late for that
because they're gone
down that dark alley
and there's no returning for them.
killed their daughter.
Because they say she defiled
Their God says stone her
she's only a woman,
and she blasphemed.
But the real blasphemy
is believing all that crap,
and murdering their own daughter,
their own flesh and blood,
whose only crime was that she wanted
to be free and to love a man
not of their religion.
Other women cry themselves
to sleep and have nightmares
about the men who violated them
again and again.
The men they picked out of the lineup
but who they couldn't prove actually
did rape them and who they are now afraid
will come after them
for telling the police,
for taking them to court,
and they don't know
what to do,
where to go,
who to turn to because
the police can't help
and the courts can't help
and they whimper at every sound
that comes out of the dark to wake them,
and they shake with fear,
and they drown in their tears.
When is all the going to stop?
It is senseless.
There's no reason to treat our wives,
and daughters like this.
We have to put an end to it.
We have to just stop.
© June 2010
for Aqsa Parvez - 1991- 2007
© July 2010