Empty-Handed Women

A Poem by Sabina C. Becker


All over the world
women are praying

some for a crust of bread
to feed their children

some for escape
from bad husbands

some for money
to be independent

but mostly
they pray for peace

Iraqi women
empty palms uplifted
supplicating to Allah in Arabic

and in Afghanistan
their sisters do the same
in Pashtu
and Nuristani

and in America
women too are praying:
mothers of military wives

killed at Fort Bragg
by husbands
returned from Afghanistan
(and maybe soon headed
for Iraq)

hands that once
dandled young daughters


(December 2, 2002)

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Sabina Becker is a poet and a writer who lives in Cobourg, Ontario with her computer, her books and her cats. You can see more of her work at http://www.sabinabecker.com. This is Becker's first contribution to Swans.

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