Honor

Honor
 

 
did her life
flash before
his rabid eyes
  
awash
in the logic
of caustic kin
fifteen years
of sizzling sin
 
in rancid
twisted
blistering fits
of brooding
pride
 
familial ties
are liquefied
 
      for eying a boy
      just driving by
      on a motorbike
 
        I won’t do it again, Baba
 
but it’s too late
for absolution
fate’s already splashed
it’s  hatred on her
 
     acid to ashes
     evil’s wrung round
     those patriarchal posies
 
        as we all fall down
 
a daughter’s eyes
dissolve
in sullied puddles
 
of his honor
 

 
 

 

© words/image cs moon 2013

 

note:   According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 young girls and women were killed in the name of “honor” last year.  The real toll is believed to be much higher as most of these crimes go unreported.

 

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One Response to Honor

  1. Kiana says:

    Love this piece. “acid to ashes
    evil’s wrung round
    those patriarchal posies”
    Great word play

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