Wednesday, June 5, 2013

PAKISTAN: A poem in solidarity with Kainat Soomro - a victim of frayed justice

One of Airyn's poems was used by the Asian Human Rights Commission in the following statement. The statement may be seen here:

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: A poem in solidarity with Kainat Soomro - a victim of frayed justice

Kainat Soomro was violently gang-raped by four men in the rural village of Dadu in southern Pakistan in 2009 when she was 13 years-of-age. As typically happens in Pakistan, rather than rush to the young girl's defence the village elders decreed that she had brought shame upon the village and ordered her family to kill her. The Asian Human Rights Commission earlier reported on the incident in several interventions. Four years later, and after losing her brother who was assassinated by the perpetrators, Kainat continues to struggle for justice. Please refer to:

PAKISTAN: Judge humiliates teenage rape victim in open court
PAKISTAN: Gender-biased judge should be transferred from rape trials
PAKISTAN: The brother of a rape victim has been found murdered three months after his arrest
PAKISTAN: Complainant of a 14-year-old girl's gang-rape case is murdered in order to force the relatives withdrawing the complaint

In solidarity with the Kainat Soomro and as a tribute to her courage, Airyn Lentija Sloan, a Filipino poet based in Hong Kong has written the following poem in response to an article published recently in This article may be seen here.

Frayed Justice (A poem for Kainat Soomro)

Airyn Lentija Sloan

In this ebbing world
how much courage
you'll need
to survive?

Our question
to the unknown

If by chance
you noticed her glance
will you digest the stress...
the despondency...

upon her cheeks they tarry...

perhaps, dust that filth in your eyes
that you might see
her scalded marrow...
the lasting torment of that instance...

her innocence stripped with mud
an unending asylum
where light is trapped
within tearing seconds...

her lifelong demons
eat her nerves
piece by piece
within that mental arena
without escape

they gang-raped

And after bleeding her wound
she was called
for the world to understand
"Black Virgin"

they labeled

Yes, they pushed her under,
from the delicate mortal
that she is...

for what account...
for what misdeed...

a sister?
a family?
a friend?

a suffering victim
fraying for justice,
praying for inner peace

What life is there to live
for such a shattered soul...

another call out to the unknown.

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ode to the Lady on the Bus -- Beauty and the Beast......

It is not often I write poetry but I was inspired to write this by a lady I came across on the bus one day. She was looking after a young retarded gentleman and her kindness and compassion was evident by the way she cared for him. This poem was posted in Poets Corner in Facebook and may be found at:

Ode to the Lady on the Bus -- Beauty and the Beast......

He was by no means a beast
Rather a simple young man that needed help.

Her beauty was seen, not in her face or body
But in her treatment of the young man......

The manner in which she assured his safety
Making sure that he was seated properly and his seat belt fastened......

The manner in which she assured that he wasn't disturbing anyone else
Not that he was.

I saw her beauty in the way she looked at him
When she thought no one was looking........

And the look in her face was pure love
Like the look I see in your face when you think I'm not looking.