eyes fixed upon the ground,
tongues tied, mouths shut,
restless in their spirits, yet noiseless to the world.
obliged to feel shame at any occasion in their lives,
as if it was part of their very existence.
loud voices, unfiltered speech,
everything so cruel, so raw,
their eyes never lowered,
too proud, too powerful.
who never felt shame upon their own skin
but burned women with oppression.
Jehona Thaqi© A poem inspired by Salman Rushdie’s novel ‘Shame’. “Between shame and shamelessness lies the axis upon which we turn; meteorological conditions at both these poles are of the most extreme, ferocious type. Shamelessness, shame: the roots of violence.”