Ode to Malala Yousafzai

Nov 13, 2013

hijabShe is a pool of gleam.
She is a seed, the rain.
She is a prairie of idea,
the harvest of motion.
She is rosewater
in a sandstone bowl.
She is the refugee, the tarp
of tent, the flame of fugue.
She is the arms of mothers,
a ribbon in a porcelain moon.
She is a lioness and loneliness,
the newborn swathed in pink.
She is earth yellow, jade,
aquamarine. She is the sea—
el mar, la mer, il mare, samandar.
She is a threshold, an arch,
a minaret. She is every headscarf—
magenta, celeste, amethyst.
She is majestic, magnifique.
She is a luminous lagoon.
She is our hands, our pen.

malala-yousafzai-photo by antonio olmos

Copyright © Ode to Malala Yousafzai by Judith Terzi
Bottom photo of M. Yousafzai by Antonio Olmos

Judith Terzi

Judith Terzi holds an M.A. in French Literature and taught French at Polytechnic School in Pasadena for many years. Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals and anthologies including Forgetting Home: Poems about Alzheimer’s (Barefoot Muse Press), Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke: Erotic Poems (Tupelo Press), The Raintown Review, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s (She Writes Press), and Trivia: Voices of Feminism. A new chapbook, Ghazal for a Chambermaid, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. “Ode to Malala Yousafzai” first appeared in Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press, 2013).



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