July - Sept 2003, Poems, Women in Islam

I am a Muslim Woman

By Jenn Zaghloul

I am a Muslim woman. Feel free to ask me why.
When I walk, I walk with dignity
When I speak I do not lie

I am a Muslim woman. Not all of me you’ll see
But what you should appreciate. Is that the choice I make is free

I’m not plagued with depression. I’m neither cheated nor abused.
I don’t envy other women. And I’m certainly not confused.

Note, I speak perfect English. Et un petit peu de Francais aussi.
I’m majoring in Linguistics. So you need not speak slowly.

I run my own small business. Every cent I earn is mine.
I drive my Chevy to school & work. And no, that’s not a crime!

You often stare as I walk by. You don’t understand my veil.
But peace and power I have found. As I am equal to any male!

I am a Muslim woman. So please don’t pity me.
For God has guided me to truth. And now I’m finally free!

(c) 1999 Jenn Zaghloul