A Poem About Hijab/Tudung/Headscarf

What do you see when you look at me? 
Do you see someone limited, or someone free? 
All some people can do is just look and stare 
Simply because they can't see my hair. 
Others think I am controlled and un-educated 
They think that I am limited and un-liberated 
They are so thankful that they are not me 
Because they would like to remain 'free'. 
Well free isn't exactly the word I would've used 
Describing women who are cheated on and abused 
They think that I do not have opinions or voice 
They think that being hooded isn't my choice. 
They think that the hood makes me look caged 
That my husband or dad are totally outraged 
All they can do is look at me in fear 
And in my eye there is a tear. 
Not because I have been stared at or made fun of 
But because people are ignoring the one up above 
On the day of judgment they will be the fools 
Because they were too ashamed to play by their own rules. 

Maybe the guys won't think I am a cutie 
But at least I am filled with more inner beauty 
See I have declined from being a guy's toy 
Because I won't let myself be controlled by a boy. 
Real men are able to appreciate my mind 
And aren't busy looking at my behind 
Hooded girls are the ones really helping the Muslim cause 
The role that we play definitely deserves applause. 
I will be recognized because I am smart and bright 
And because some people are inspired by my sight 
The smart ones are attracted by my tranquility 
In the back of their mind they wish they were me. 

We have the strength to do what we think is right 
Even if it means putting up a life long fight 
You see we are not controlled by a mini skirt and tight shirt 
We are given only respect, and never treated like dirt 

So you see, we are the ones that are free and liberated 
We are not the ones that are sexually terrorized and violated 
We are the ones that are free and pure 
We're free of STD's that have no cure 
So when people ask you how you feel about the hood 
Just sum it up by saying
'baby its all good.'

~Author Unknown~

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