Hey Vartan, what do you see?

What are you thinking, Marilyn, when you’re looking at me?

An alien woman with no sense of humor

Who knows not Jackson, Vendor or Homer?

Who follows your orders and makes no reply

When impatiently you shout “move on with your life”

Lo and behold! Identity! Insperity! Integrity!

No Mercy… Pronounce the Penalty.

Strike, SLAM, Ingenuity!

Stop for a moment and lend me an ear

Listen to the tale without a sneer

I am part of “Pasadena All”

That proudly came from East and West

With Babian, Martinez, Thai and the rest

Arrived to America with a bag and a dream

Opened her arms after the screen

Provided a home and believed the pledge

Promised black, red, brown, and yellow No sledge

Look closely to me and see the heart

That left the legacy and was torn apart

Left all: Parents, siblings, friends of no match

Past middle age… Forced to start from scratch

I opted not for SS or welfare

Preferred to give Caesar his share

Worked to pay tax and sweat for my bread when Sam said

 ‘I will give you stamps and a bed’

I remember the joy, I remember the pain,

And I’m loving and living life all over again

I think of the battles and trophies I won

Smile at the years that are now bygone.

Go to your granny, ask your spouse

Let them tell you of the flight

Made by some brave kin

To open the doors and hold you within

So open your eyes, dear and see

Not an alien woman

Look closer and see ME.

About hanaawahba

Dr. Hanaa Wahba was born and educated in Cairo, Egypt. After her BA, she started a teaching career that she is still pursuing. In 2002, she completed her PhD in Education from the University of Kensington, USA. Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Wahba, worked in a number of schools and private universities, taught ESL, English Literature, supervised and developed curricula and directed schools. Her career extended to teacher training and corporate career development. From 1993 till 2002, Dr. Wahba was employed by the University of Cambridge (UCLES), where she gained first-hand experience of setting exams and marking scripts for IGCSE, an experience that she communicated to many young teachers who joined the field. In 2009, Dr. Wahba published her first book that was very well-received by the media and proved very popular among readers. Her following book “Marwa’s Birthday” is a novel about women’s life in Egypt.
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5 Responses to

  1. NAGUI RIAD says:

    Very nice ya Hanaa . . . Well said

    Nagui I. Riad

  2. Magdi Shoucri says:

    Deep and beautiful !!!~

  3. Magdi Shoucri says:

    Deep and beautiful poem of Hanaa !

    She is not only a reflected poet, but even a philosopher !!

  4. Mr. AMGAD says:

    good work . god with u

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