Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Bird

Unfold your wings.

Break the chains

Make fast your steps,

and be firm

in your will.

Know your value.


in your abilities. Respect

your ideas.

Break the barriers.

Do what your heart says—

not what others tell you.

You and I, we deserve

to receive love,

not to have our lips sliced—

the lips we tenderly place

on a baby’s cheek.

We deserve not to have our noses cut —

the nose we use to inhale our baby’s scent.

You deserve kisses of admiration.

Open your wings.

Fly higher up and up

Higher than any mountain, faster

than any bird.

By Sitara B.

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Bird.