Appearances that Matter

By | 13 May 2024

My grandmother’s plaits
Dyed bright orange
With henna

My grandfather without his shemagh
His bed
In the front yard

I barely knew them
Saw them once or twice
These memories are precious

My dad wears a suit
Unlike his dad
Like how I dress differently to my mother

Her dress more modest
Always black
Unconcerned about how her physique appears

Her spirit charged with
Daily prayer
Her faith visible

The way I dress
Beauty displayed
Faith is inward

Sometimes I wish to be more
Like them
To live my culture

It can be that I appreciate
Iraqi culture, generosity, modesty
Other than in my dress

For there is so much in life
Take an angle
There’s more than one way for culture to appear

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