Fragments of a soul – شظايا روح

This is a rough translation of an attempt to write a poem in Arabic. The poem has obviously been lost in translation, but still, I wanted to share this with you. I’ll be writing on this in English in the coming period, and probably will use this rough translation as a basis for something more elaborate. I wrote this about a month ago, in the framework of my activism in Tuskuteesh (don’t remain silent), a safe space for Arab women to share testimonies of sexual violence. The original Arabic is below the English.


My brain – an archive of sexual assaults.

Haifa rape

Amman harassment

Tunisia assault

Family member


Father – a word the meaning of should be harbor of safety

Transforms in the dictionary of life to destruction


Brother – a word the meaning of should be pure love

Transforms in the dictionary of life to nightmares


With every passing day, I discover the smiles on women’s faces are scars of deep wounds.

Inside the home – a safe space for some, while for others the most dangerous place.

My brain – an archive of sexual assaults.

Harassment assault rape.


And her smile a veil hiding the terror the fear the sadness the pain.

And her body a frame of bones from which life has departed.

And her soul a shadow shrinking with every sunrise, until it completely disappears.

Fragments of a soul


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Original text in Arabic:

مُخِّي – أرشيف إعتداءات جنسيّة.
حيفا إغتصاب
عمّان تحرّش
تونس إعتداء
قريب عائلة

أب – كلمة مفروض تعريفها ميناء الأمان
تتحوّل في قاموس الحياة لدمار حياة.

أخ – كلمة مفروض تعريفها حب طاهر
تتحوّل في قاموس الحياة لكوابيس.

يوم على يوم، بكتشف انه الإبتسامات على وجوه النساء علامات جروح عميقة.

داخل البيت – أكثر مكان أمان للبعض وبنفس الوقت أكثر مكان خطر للبعض الآخر.

مُخِّي – أرشيف إعتداءات جنسية.
تحرّش إعتداء إغتصاب.

وإبتسامتُها حِجابٌ يُخفي الهلع والخوف والحُزُن والألم.
وجسدُها هيكلُ عِظامٍ فارقتهُ الحياة.
وروحها ظلٌّ يتلاشى مع كل شروقِ الشمس حتى الإختفاء.






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