Gasping for Air

woman in hijab with girl in the shadows, boy in the light, Liban

a poem on International Women’s Day

Were she a man, she wouldn’t be gasping for air,

under a veil, 

rights stripped bare,

Had she a penis, she wouldn’t be huddled in a hut,

every door locked shut, 

sexuality cut,

We are one with the whole — When we fight,

we do not leave her out on her own.

—JD Robertson

cover photo © Julia Diana Ghassan Robertson

جوليا ديانا — JD Robertson, is an award-winning author, and journalist—A first generation Arab-American, who grew up between worlds, and currently resides somewhere in the middle with a bird’s eye view.

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