Pain is not Invincible

Posted April 7, 2020 from United States

In my 10th grade world literature class we discussed poem titled "For the Women of Afghanistan" by Sheema Kalbasi. While an overall enticing read, a few lines truly jumped out at me...

"As I walk the streets of Kabul/behind the painted windows/there are broken hearts, broken women” (lines 1-3)

"Stones in the back of the line/their voices not allowed to come out of their dried mouths” (lines 10-11)


Through analyzing this poem I have come to realize that humans gain an anomalous sense of pride through obsessively stripping others of their right to truly live. As women, we are constantly grappling with the boundaries that society has placed upon us. Our broken hearts are not crushed by any physical force. Rather it is the inconsiderate humanity in which is geared against us. Painted windows call for a visible disconnect between ideas and actuality. Only certain aspects of a fabricated existence are able to be spotted. Meaning. those who think that they are "protecting us" are only promoting a lifestyle that is only partially livable. After all, how are we supposed to reach our fullest potential when we are not guaranteed the right to have our voices heard? We, as women, are forced to pay the dues for a mankind proven to be full of inequalities. Stones in the back of the line refers to women being viewed to be objects that are simply liabilities to society. Wrongfully silenced and thrown to the back of the line as if we were inferior to all others. Through this are we still not allowed to express our perspective and input? Perhaps we are immediately silenced by our thirst to liberate ourselves from the shackles of a deceitful society? Pain is not invincible and we should never try to make it out to be. 




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Hannah B
Apr 07
Apr 07

Hello Jen,
Welcome to World Pulse, and thank you for sharing your thoughts!
I'm curious - is that a photo of you as a child?
I hope that you find great connections and community here, and keep sharing your thoughts and stories with us!
Kind regards,

Jill Langhus
Apr 08
Apr 08

Hi Jen,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing your deep, introspective post. I love deep thinkers. I'm curious how you found out about World Pulse? Also, I'm curious in what way that you feel that your heart has been broken the most, from your experience? And, also your thoughts on what the best way is to fix this global pain?

Hope you and your family are well.

Paulina Nayra
Apr 09
Apr 09

Dear Jen,
How nice of you to share your reflection of the poem "For the Women of Afghanistan". Yes, our protectors would stifle us by putting boundaries on what we can do. The situation of women in many cultures are replete with controls - in the family, workplace and community from the time we were born till we leave the physical world. Perhaps less in the US unlike in our culture. The situation of women in Afghanistan is worse when they weren't allowed to go to school; can't go out on their own and can't express themselves. All of these in the poem that you shared.
Write some more Jen.

Beth Lacey
Apr 09
Apr 09

Your sisters here at World Pulse are here to help you with your pain

Anita Shrestha
Apr 10
Apr 10

Nice photo

Hellp, Jen,

Welcome to World Pulse! Nice to meet you. I’m glad you joined us. I agree with Jill, you are a deep thinker. Please keep on posting. We would love to know more about you.

Please stay safe always. Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!