Thursday, March 08, 2007

Touch A Woman

Originally uploaded by heylancebaker.

So I’m joining the Celebration of International Women’s Day, I’m celebrating discovering my womanhood. However the layers of this celebration lead me celebrating my interracial roots as a woman. For being Afro-Arab or Arab-Afro, indeed it took me awhile learning and accepting it. Born in a small island called Pemba which is part of Tanzania, some feel that I should have an automatic sense of belonging to my African heritage, as a child who have never lived in Tanzania and been brought up in the United Arab Emirates and Sultanate of Oman. I was more raised in Arabic heritage. Going to Tanzania in 2006 was a great learning experience for me, as I saw it in everyone’s eyes how proud they were that I was born in Africa and write poetry. I was told that when you write a poem for one country in Africa it represents the whole Africa, when I heard that I had tears in my eyes(I just can not explain it, there was so much pride for being part of African Continent).

I was lucky enough to also meet a very beautiful woman her name is Rebecca Musi, a cancer survivor from South Africa. Since I met her in 2006 she has become a fuel empowering me to continue on writing Brave Faces for Breast Cancer Survivors in Tanzania. So I dedicate this Day for her courage and believing in me. As I’m writing this, I can hear her words “When you touch a woman, you touch The Rock”.

~ Touch A Woman ~

When you touch
Touch a woman
Feel her strength
Linger a little,
Into her soul
Swim into her beauty
You'll be in the water
That’s when you'll taste,
The aroma of her
Its the smell of ocean
The water of who she is
Still yet you will find
There is pearl of you
Hidden so deep,
In the womb of her ocean,
Within precious line of her soul
And if you don’t understand
All this poetic words
Touch a women's soul
Only then you'll comprehend
The deep meaning of my words

When you touch
Touch a woman
Gaze a little into her pain
That’s only when you'll know
Why she is a woman
You'll see her fragile shoulders,
Are just carrying endless weight
Heavy clouds she might be,
Carrying shower of tears
But its not grey clouds that you'll see
She is all sunshine of smiles
So when you touch:
Touch a woman

So whenever there lust beats
That keeps knocking on your door
Answer it back swiftly
That you have touched
Touched a women
You have all gone
Gone on a exploring journey
Sank deeper than her mountains
You have touched core of her soul
Your whole being just reached
Where no man can ever reach
Climbed the peek of earth
Your breath swept away
Yet you explore
As you touch a woman
Its was merely touching your soul
As deep within her
There is pearl of you

Copyright 2007 Nasra Al Adawi

Inspired by South African saying “When you touch a women, you touch the rock”
I also would like to dadicate the above poem to special women in my life, My Mother for being herself, My Raising Mother Barke for being with me always, Ummi for her sisterly love(right to my heart), Robyn being a mother to me standing beside me and her love reaches me as always even though she is in Australia, Anne Marie for being a good friend with unconditional love, Tahira for her friendship, Montse for pushing me to explore writingas as much as I can, Surinaa for being always there for me, Amias for showing me the meaning of sisterhood, GEL the green eye lady for her words that keeps inspiring me. Thank you for being here in my Life


Blogger polona said...

this is a touching post and a beautiful poem!

3:13 PM  
Blogger mngazija said...

Salaam Nasra,

Just wanted to thank you, that was so beautiful, my mom is a cancer survivor and she is a rock, I think you know her (aunty zu). My love to you, may Allah bless you for all that you do.


3:46 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

The well and strong sometimes have no idea how much extra strength it takes to be sick and weak. Glad you bring this to people's attention in so many of your posts.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

What a great, great post.

5:52 PM  
Blogger diana christine said...

my dear dear nasra ~

when you write a poem for one woman, you write the poem for every woman.

the beautiful poetry you write is for all of us. and you are a beautiful, beautiful gift.

hugs and kisses. . .

9:03 AM  
Blogger Amias said...

This poem is so very touching --- I have to agree with Diane.

Nasra I am so proud of you ... you have my support and my blessings.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Kai C. said...

this is wonderful and inpiring!

thank you..

3:27 PM  
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3:27 PM  
Blogger magiceye said...

very touching indeed

3:51 AM  
Blogger North said...

The beauty of the woman, is in the words she expresses of herself...

Nasra--you are a beautiful poetess; whos writings are an inspiration to woman worldwide!!

Thankyou for visiting my blog; you have graced its existance, with your presence...

with loving kindness,

10:48 AM  
Blogger North said...

Dear Paul--you said it all in a nutshell!!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Roger Stevens said...


Thank you.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Russell Ragsdale said...

Wonderful Nasra! Share always your blessings!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Margie said...

So very touching....beautiful!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Silent Waves said...

this very beautiful one :)

12:51 AM  
Blogger Pecos Blue said...

Very beautiful poem.

7:59 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

very nice poem!

10:01 PM  
Anonymous gel(emerald eyes) said...

Dear Nasra,
This incredibly poignant and significant post moved me to tears of joy for all the sisterly connections you've made. That was before I was stunned to see the dedication of this amazing poem to me.

I'm humbly honoured and thank you, but it is a sisterly circle of love and inspiration, a tapestry we weave together around the globe. As Rebecca Musi's says"When you touch a woman, you touch a Rock." I recently met a woman from South Africa who spoke at my monthly women's book group. It was fascinating to hear her speak of this country I have never visited. The following month, one of our members shared her personal breast cancer survivor story.The power of women is immeasurable.

To read more about your heritage, dear Nasra, especially this information: "when you write a poem for one country in Africa it represents the whole Africa" enveloped me in pride about you.

Happy (belated)International Women's Day! I don't know if I shared the following information on an earlier blog of mine? Three pieces of my artwork were chosen by special committee to hang in the first Permanent Collection of Healing Art in a major hospital near the capital of the United States. In addition, one of those works of art was especially chosen for their newly redesigned Infusion Center. It's a wonderful soothing environment for cancer patients and others needing its services.

Thank you again for your friendship.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous GeL(Emerald Eyes) said...

Dear Nasra,
I will be speaking at women's organizations on your projects at an International Women's Day Luncheon, that needed to be delayed because of snow. I'll email you whether or not I think these women's groups would be able to help your projects. (I am new to these particular groups and not in a position of leadership there to make such a decision. It sounds like they will be open to your endeavors. One of the groups is an international one...)
Much love,

10:50 PM  
Blogger Amias said...

How utterly profound. I will be posting this on your page at Thank you for the honor.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tks nasra, really many thanks for this creation.
Really y would mean a lot if you could find the right
person in your life, to know exactly you had to offer
and he has the abilities and wisdom to show
understnaidng and that you can value in your life. but
such occasion, normamly in our lives are rare. do you

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