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Read Poems by Riekie Briel

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Women of Afghanistan

Women of Afghanistan,
Do you still marvel at the morning sun?

The reprieve of your burqa
Veiling blue salted cheeks of shame  
And circa;
No husband suffers blame.

Three hundred sixty and five days
And sometimes more
Husbands keep forever score.

Short and dark will be your days should you want to run
And dare to go beyond…
Their nang and namoos, 
Deified in your pain and bond.

On you must, Women of Afghanistan,
Take heed and disregard the ashes in your hearth,
Or soon you’ll be covered in the earth.

Women of Afghanistan, we wonder at your eyes
As they fly into the heavens and skies
With clipped wings bleeding…
We hope your daughters will look at your heavens and skies

With clipped wings healing …

Copyright © Riekie Briel | Year Posted 2012


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  1. Date: 7/12/2016 11:33:00 AM

    Mooi so Riekie. Baie passie vir die verontregte vroue daar.Skryf maar nog.
  1. Date: 1/19/2016 9:14:00 PM

    RIEKIE, I really enjoyed this poem thanks for sharing **SKAT**
  1. Date: 2/20/2012 5:24:00 AM

    WELL I LIKE THE WAY IT CHALLENGED ME, IT COULD GONE ON A BIT LONGER BUT I STILL LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  1. Date: 2/16/2012 8:16:00 AM

    I am stopping back today to see if you have continued to write and post new poetry Riekie. I hope that you will continue with your writing. You have taken the first step~ ~to write and share. When you feel the need for inspiration read some of the other poetry here at PoetrySoup. It will help you and I will stop by again to read your poems. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 8:06:00 AM

    Welcome to the soup and thanks for commenting on my poems. I don't know some of the terminology you use here - is burqa clothing? what are nang and namoos? please forgive my ignorance! I only want to understand this.
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 6:51:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you Riekie. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 2/4/2012 2:59:00 PM

    Welcome in PSoup Riekie,yours poem is wery good I like it.Keep writhing my friend,and you are welcom to reading some of mine poem. - oxox love from Norway and Anne-Lise

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