What do you see when you look at me
Do you see someone limited, or someone free?
All some people can do is just look and stare
Simply because they can’t see my hair.
Others think I am controlled and uneducated
They think that I am limited and un-liberated.
They are so thankful that they are not me
Because they would like to remain ‘free.’
Well free isn’t exactly the word I would’ve used
Describing women who are cheated on and abused.
They think that I do not have opinions or voice
They think that being hooded isn’t my choice.
They think that the hood makes me look caged
That my husband or dad are totally outraged.
All they can do is look at me in fear
And in my eye there is a tear.
Not because I have been stared at or made fun of
But because people are ignoring the One up Above.
On the Day of Judgment they will be the fools
Because they were too ashamed to play by their own rules.
Maybe the guys won’t think I am a cutie
But at least I am filled with more inner beauty.
See I have declined from being a guy’s toy
Because I won’t let myself be controlled by a boy.
Real men are able to appreciate my mind
And aren’t busy looking at my behind.
Hooded girls are the ones really helping the Muslim cause
The role that we play definitely deserves applause.
I will be recognized because I am smart and bright
And because some people are inspired by my sight.
The smart ones are attracted by my tranquility
In the back of their mind they wish they were me.
We have the strength to do what we think is right
Even if it means putting up a life-long fight.
You see we are not controlled by a miniskirt and tight shirt
We are given only respect, and never treated like dirt.
So you see, we are the ones that are free and liberated
We are not the ones that are sexually terrorized and violated.
We are the ones that are free and pure
We’re free of STD’s that have no cure.
So when people ask you how you feel about the hood
Just sum it up by saying ‘Baby, its all good!’
The poem has really inspired me. Thanks bro!
Some times it pains me to see Our Muslim sisters walking down the streets without wearing Hijab and in tight jeans, if you ask why doesn't she wear Hijab, she simply replies "hey! brother what is you problem, its my freedom of dressing", she has nothing to do with Qur'anic verses that encourage wearing of this Hijab, nowadays its difficult to differentiate between a Muslim and a non Muslim Woman. Please Our Sisters come back to Your minds!