Banat Lel Alam (Girls for Pain) by Amina Abdallah, (Dar Kemet), 2020.
In her seventh poem collection Banat Lel Alam or 'Girls for Pain', poet Amina Abdallah decided to attack the taboo subjects in a male-dominated world.
The poet used the free form style in her collection with short poems, straight forward ideas, and daring subjects. She pushes the reader to think in a female state of mind.
Those who possess vitality
Pay a high price
Their eyes lose its sparkle
To win a rich man
Who curses his days
After a long weeping
The implied is more than what is expressed in this short poem. Beautiful women do their best to gain a rich husband, who is probably old and cannot match the young woman's beauty whether in bed or in her love of life. He ends up cursing his days and age.
The other face of the coin comes in the following poem
When they have money to date a man
He has to be many years younger
To be capable
To swap their moments of passion
For the years of gathering money
That’s how it is when beautiful things come in inconvenient times
Both poems show the miserable state of the two genders when they make choices between materialistic gains versus living a normal life; which brings us to a deeper question, what is a “normal” life? Shall beautiful women stop looking for rich men? Should successful rich women who ignored love in their youth be restricted to choose men in their age category?
No answers are given of course, just questions for the reader or the society to think about.
The poems develop to shed light on sensitive female predicaments.
Peace be upon us
Blessed be our wounds
Our ear holes
Peace be upon us with the size of our bleeding
In a male-dominated society these issues are something men read about, maybe sympathize with, feel pity perhaps, but that is the extent of it.
On the other hand, women have to live with these wounds, they affect their lives and the way they live it. Such issues again are eye openers for men or its more like they push them to take notice of what they chose to ignore whether willingly or out of negligence to females' needs in general.
Another poem expressing the female scream against men’s overall negligence says the following:
Why does a man become tender only at night
Why doesn’t he remember his woman’s shoulder
Except before intercourse
Why do men have sex
Without realizing its value
Amina Abdallah in this particular poem screamed in the name of all women who suffered from men’s negligence and their lack of love. She gives a wakeup call to men who use their women for their own desire and pleasure that their women are aware of their crimes.
Abdallah's collection has plenty of poems expressing similar screams from the emotional injustices and the abuse that women have to endure. The poet was neutral when expressing her thoughts. At times she is blaming women for accepting the injustices that fall on them without resistance as if it is their destiny that cannot be changed.
In other poems, she is praising women's wombs as the only joy of life, the only place that life can prosper, be joyful and flourish. She simply reminds the reader that women are the reason of life and men are simply alive because women allowed them to live. Women are goddesses and men will never understand them.