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International Women’s Day poem

Women marching in Chiang Mai, Thailand to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day - Photo courtesy of Mizzima

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A poem by Mohd Nasir Hashim

Behold … the hands of
  shaping the moving
    image of eternity

Feel … this inner strength
  crackling like wildfire
     blinding the gaze of
bigotry and
misplaced priorities

O … Women of Mother Nature
This world is made
upon your mercy
To nurture conscious
   damning putrid

So grace every inner strength
  that comes your way
Expose the hypocrisy
   of demented souls 
Trapped in prisons of yester years
    of patriarchal
religiosity and
sexual perversity
Yet seeds of anger reverberate
   endlessly within the
deep recesses of
Against gender discrimination
    and maiming

So hail the blessed rebirth
of creative identity
and reshaping the
unity of an
enlightened world


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