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Aafreen Gets Her Fill

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Aafreen Gets Her Fill

Aafreen Gets Her Fill

By Elton Camp

The sad result of the abuse of women by religious zealots

Aafreen is waiting inside the front door
She’s had enough and won’t take more
Day-by-day she endures being isolated
It’s a life that she has thoroughly hated

She can just barely read and write
To learn even that, she had to fight
Because she’s not allowed to drive a car
It isn’t easily possible for her to go far

Anywhere outside the house she does go
She must wear a burka from head to toe
That makes it hard to see where she’s going
But nothing but her hands can be showing

From her husband she takes a beating
If any strange man she is greeting
Even if Aafreen is seriously ill
No male doctor, lest he get a thrill

She must speak only in a hushed tone
Lest by her voice she becomes known
It’s a pistol she has leveled and waiting
For the husband she’s intensely hating

The moment the tyrant steps inside
She ends forever overbearing pride
Though execution she has to expect
Such a life she just had to reject

Religious extremism causes harm
And rightly creates much alarm
The true God will call it to account some day
And then it must be punished for its evil way

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