Shame

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Women,
eyes fixed upon the ground,
tongues tied, mouths shut,
restless in their spirits, yet noiseless to the world.

Women,
obliged to feel shame at any occasion in their lives,
as if it was part of their very existence.

Men,
loud voices, unfiltered speech,
everything so cruel, so raw,
their eyes never lowered,
too proud, too powerful.

Men
who never felt shame upon their own skin
but burned women with oppression.

How shameless.

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.”

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14 thoughts on “Shame

  1. This was thought provoking and so true. I wrote a story about this topic for International Women’s Day, 2016. I felt inspired to share something about the shame women feel when faced with emotional abuse and being told it’s not a big deal. If only more women could stand in their power and face down that rawness and that cruelty. If only we understood that, in many cases, we are choosing to put up with it.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Can I find that writing on your homepage? If so, I will enjoy reading it! It is indeed a subject women rarely talk about, shame is something most women accept tacitly. Thank you again for your wonderful reply!

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  2. This is so well-written and so true of gender discrimination and how women are treated and expected to live. It is indeed a subject women rarely talk about, shame is something most women accept tacitly.

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