إمرأة حمقاء – celebrate March 8th

By Nizar Qabbani

يا سيدي العزيز

هذا خطاب امرأة حمقاء

هل كتبت إليك قبلي امرأة حمقاء؟

اسمي انا ؟ دعنا من الأسماء

رانية أم زينب

أم هند أم هيفاء

اسخف ما نحمله ـ يا سيدي ـ الأسماء

يا سيدي

أخاف أن أقول مالدي من أشياء

أخاف ـ لو فعلت ـ أن تحترق السماء

فشرقكم يا سيدي العزيز

يصادر الرسائل الزرقاء

يصادر الأحلام من خزائن النساء

يستعمل السكين

والساطور

كي يخاطب النساء

ويذبح الربيع والأشواق

والضفائر السوداء

و شرقكم يا سيدي العزيز

يصنع تاج الشرف الرفيع

من جماجم النساء

لا تنتقدني سيدي

إن كان خظي سيئاً

فإنني اكتب والسياف خلف بابي

وخارج الحجرة صوت الريح والكلاب

يا سيدي

عنترة العبسي خلف بابي

يذبحني

إذا رأى خطابي

يقطع رأسي

لو رأى الشفاف من ثيابي

يقطع رأسي

لو انا عبرت عن عذابي

فشرقكم يا سيدي العزيز

يحاصر المرأة بالحراب

يبايع الرجال أنبياء

ويطمر النساء في التراب

لا تنزعج !

يا سيدي العزيز … من سطوري

لا تنزعج !

إذا كسرت القمقم المسدود من عصور

إذا نزعت خاتم الرصاص عن ضميري

إذا انا هربت

من أقبية الحريم في القصور

إذا تمردت , على موتي …

على قبري

على جذوري

و المسلخ الكبير

لا تنزعج يا سيدي !

إذا انا كشفت عن شعوري

فالرجل الشرقي

لا يهتم بالشعر و لا الشعور …

الرجل الشرقي

لا يفهم المرأة إلا داخل السرير …

معذرة .. معذرة يا سيدي

إذا تطاولت على مملكة الرجال

الأدب الكبير ـ طبعاً ـ أدب الرجال والحب كان دائماً

من حصة الرجال

والجنس كان دائما ً

مخدراً يباع للرجال

خرافة حرية النساء في بلادنا

فليس من حرية

أخرى ، سوى حرية الرجال

يا سيدي

قل ما تريده عني ، فلن أبالي سطحية . غبية . مجنونة . بلهاء فلم اعد أبالي

لأن من تكتب عن همومها ..

في منطق الرجال امرأة حمقاء

ألم اقل في أول الخطاب إني

امرأة حمقاء ؟

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13 responses to “إمرأة حمقاء – celebrate March 8th

    • melicieuse

      took me a while to pick which one and my Arabic font went all over the place hahahahahahaha sorry for the people who have to stick their nose to the screen to read the post

  • melicieuse

    you picked the wrong post to make this comment. this year IWD celebrates 99 years that is 99 years of women fighting for their equal rights of medical care, education, work and simply a better life. this day celebrates the acknowledgement of women as human beings, gives them the right to vote for the government they deem fit to lead her children to a better world.
    The United Nations chose a theme each year for IWD and this year the theme is equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.

    you will not hear the end of complaints until little girls in Afghanistan are allowed to go to school without fear that they will never come back home, that a Saudi woman can drive her own car without the need for a stranger driver, that an Egyptian woman can file for divorce on equal basis as a man can simply pronounce 3 small words, until teenage Jordanian Syrian and Turkish girls are no longer shot dead and buried in the backyard to hide the shame of an innocent love story because she chose a boy with the wrong name, until every Moroccan little girl forced to work as a housemaid to support her family has an equal right to also have an education so she can dream of a better future than wash dishes and clean floors………………….I am passing on a lot but these are just a few so you can swallow those words you just said.
    sorry I might be a bit fired up on this, but this is one of the subjects I don’t like to joke about

  • Ashraf.muhi

    مرحبا melicieuse

    هل تعتقدين حقا أن المرأة في بلاد الشرق لاتزال تعاني من ذلك الاضطهاد الذي تحدث عنه نزار بنفس الحدة والوتيرة ؟

    • melicieuse

      Hi Ashraf welcome to my blog 🙂
      Yes I believe women around the world are still suffering in the East more than in the West. I am not a feminist I don’t believe men and women are the same but there are some basic rights men and women should be treated on equal basis (education, health, work, law). A lot of the points he mentions in his poem are true in 2010, if you would hear some radical Islamist scholars you would think that women are seen as nothing but a sexual object that has to be hidden underneath 5 layers of clothing and preferably kept behind closed doors.
      I am trying not to generalise, women do have a lot more rights and liberties than they did before and in the East we have kept some rights that women in the West have lost….but still I think it is important that on this date we remember the millions of women and girls who are still fighting for the right to a better life

  • wafa'

    thanx for sharing melicieuse. Hope that the day WE become whole by ourselves , be equal is coming soon 🙂

  • hamdanism

    hey Meliciuse, I re-read all my comments, I think I’m being irrelevant..can you please remove all my comments on this post ? I think it won’t lead to any useful discussion

    • melicieuse

      tehehehehehehehe, are you sure you want me to remove them? you do put forward good and valid points (well not all of them I agree with)…..this post is not blaming men for the situation of women, it is a post to support and encourage all the women fighting out there.
      I am in no way blaming men, although I must say that if I blame a government made up exclusively or in majority of men then by default I would be blaming men or at least a few men.
      This is not a blame game, we are not trying to find someone/something to blame because each place/situation/person is different and to each circumstance it’s own reasons and outcomes and yes I know the good idea would be to offer solutions but I don’t have a magic wand

      Now dear……are you sure you want me to delete your comments? if you do then let me know and ill take them out

  • melicieuse

    clearing up one of my comments, this year is the 99th edition of IWD but actually some can debate it is the 100th edition.
    the concept was thought of in 1910 but the first “official” edition was in 1911…..although the United Nations didn’t recognise the event till 1975

  • Sh3rawi

    I do agree with you on some points,but do disagree on some others,
    Men and women aren’t the same,but must share some basic rights, 100%,what you said about Saudi women and Afghani women as well…
    Many Many Many men still think that women are sex-cook-wash machines,which is an idea promoted by – unfortunately- some Muslim Do’aa…
    But :”imagine if we would never need the approval of a husband/father/brother/uncle to be able to travel out of a country” ….
    I’d like to comment on the “husband” , i can’t imagine a women who travels without the approval of her husband,how could she ?
    Yes,a husband can travel without his wife’s approval,but if they do it the wrong way,you can’t blame all men by putting a law that removes the condition of approval;marriage isn’t a game of hide and seek,it is cooperation between him and her…
    We must change the current culture of the society,then laws will be changed automatically!
    Because even if laws change,it won’t make a difference,families will always find a way to get what they want,which isn’t what the girl wants,and make the girl shut her mouth up (like what happens with “Honour” killing)…

    Nice blog you have here, Greetings…

    • melicieuse

      welcome to za blog 🙂

      i do agree, it’s supposed to be a partnership and not a game of hide and seek or a blame shift or even a game of tag. that aside yes a woman is supposed to tel her husband if she wants to travel, it is only common sense. i just don’t understand why the contrary doesn’t apply….why doesn’t a man take permission from his wife when he wants to travel. i am not talking about normal verbal permission between spouses I am talking about an official document that some women are obliged to have allowing them to travel if they are not accompanied by their husbands

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