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This poem is written from the unique perspective of a women in an extremist Muslim family. She has already lost one family member to the hatred and only wants peace. But the men in her life continue the hatred and it ends up destroying her life as well. 
From ashes she rises, absolving cleansing, face, hands, feet. Four months, Ten days, She mourns. She weeps. She clothes herself now in an adornment of white bowing privately, praying fervently, as bitter fumes of acetone seep beneath the door. Her source is god. Her destination is god. She pleads with god now for peace As men mix and pour A holocaust Just outside her door. Her sisters wail. They bathe her lifeless arms And shroud her as Iris Albicans- Exotic, Fragile, Pure. The imam, he stands, Praying silently As men convey her towards Mecca. From ashes to ashes And dust to dust. From ashes to ashes And dust to dust.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 12/10/2017 9:55:00 PM
Good description of the memory of a Loved one that passed on. Hope you heal with time. Sorry for your loss. Take care. RP.
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Date: 5/11/2013 9:34:00 PM
Rachel :-) Congratulations with having your poem Featured this week. Have yourself a wonderful and lovely Mother's Day. Lots of Luv & Hugs *Linda"
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Date: 5/5/2013 7:49:00 PM
Different faiths hopefully will one day unite ending the extremism that exists today.
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Date: 1/24/2013 1:29:00 PM
To echo Carol: yes, very touching and sad...well done. Tanya
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Date: 1/20/2013 3:18:00 PM
Touching... and sad...
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