Invisible shackles

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By Livyar

 

Thank you.

Yes, thank you,

For if it wasn’t for your narcissistic persona

Violent tendencies and villainous identity

Your invisible shackles would remain indefinitely

 

So really, I should appreciate your aggressive, vulgar disposition

For it Ignite this blazing spirit born to defy your existence

A champion against all emblems of your abuse, manipulation and exploitation

Unknowingly sculpting me to have all true attributes of durability and fortitude

Carefully crafting a character of independence and resilience

For it was your gun which backfired its bullets against you

 

You taught me that the visibility of my skin determines my decency

And my idle tounge was famed with reverence

My passive persona was a propriety

As you forbid questions

Only later realising your control was the key weapon,

A backfire to your strategy

Rather inspiring me to set upon an odyssey to seek emancipation

Challenging your authority

As your orders would meet the tip of my gun

Loaded with rose thorns ready to splinter your unjust tounge

 

So yes,

I should really be thanking you

For without you

I would not be me

Strong, independent, always challenging ascendancy

You cultivated an image of an aggressor

A beast, a monster

An insight in what type of men I should avoid in the future

Yes Father, yes Bawka, yes Baba

An epitome of everything bad in this dunya

Stained by your ruthless authority

 

I will never forget the day you failed to condemn the murder of Banaaz

Rather esteem, revere and champion her vulgar father

Your mind-set reflected the true essence of your personality

An absence of humanity, no inkling of sympathy

Rather I knew you were the same as the oppressors of our community

A man’s world, no space for a female’s identity

 

But it’s okay

Because growing up

I realised these were fundamental ingredients, a recipe to breed a generation

In formation to fight your perceptions

We have voices you see

A narration an epiphany

You gave us incentives to dedicate our lives to help the victims of your cunning demise

 

So, thank you baba

Yes, thank you,

For if it wasn’t for your narcissistic persona

Violent tendencies and villainous identity

Your invisible shackles would remain indefinitely

And my oppressed compatriots, beginning with my mother,

would not have overcome the trauma, violence and brutality

you have so beautifully

graced us with.

 

 

 

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