The Women

This is an assignment. I should not be posting it.

by Anwar Maqsood





Three women.

Two with birds on top of their heads and one with hair.

Did the birds eat up the other women’s hair? Why?

The one at the back seems

younger, you can tell by her eyes if not her height.

She’s safe, no bird pecking at her head.

Innocence? Did the others lose it as the years went by?

Is that why the eldest woman’s face is half red?


Or is it anger?

No, it can’t be anger. Her face is too relaxed.

There’s distance in her eyes.

A kind of vacant stare.

Passive is she? Resigned

To her fate, to the fact

That a bird is perching

On her head, content after ripping out all her hair.


They are all blue, in color,

Blue in essence too? Are they?

Sad, morose.

Did life do that to them?

Different eyes, they all have,

Smaller with every woman,

The youngest has the biggest.

Maybe she too will have her hair ripped

When she grows old,

And will lose half her face

To the vivid red.

Mama always says this painting

Makes no sense.

I might be coming

To the same conclusion.


Noor says the birds are men.

That’s an interesting take.

I never would have seen it that way.

So if the birds are men, preying

On women then…

Okay, no.


That’s just too disturbing.

I’d rather the birds be time.

Yes, I’ll leave it at that.

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8 thoughts on “The Women

  1. elbrigaking says:

    very nice poem, really original and methaphorical, so inspiring, thank you!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    I love it Bunny, be it the ravages of time or the ravages of men it is all there to see from wide eyed innocence to tired eyes of acceptance. Beautiful poem thanks for sharing your assignment I promise I shall not tell anyone that you posted it here! Top marks xxxxx

  3. Picture and poem both beautiful. Sometimes I wonder that folks push to destroy..when there are folks that just do beautiful things..Peace Tony

  4. NooRehman says:

    HaHa. You had to mention me 🙂
    This is awesome love. So moving. And thought provoking

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  6. waow the poem is better than the painting xD


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