Poetry by Tova Beck-Friedman “Hair” dedicated to the women of Iran


hair in a woman is her genitalia 
proclaims an ancient book 
written by men —
and since her body is lecherous
as evident by her hair
it was ordained  —
women must cover their head

and so we do:
veil  our heads
tame our locks
straighten our curls to submission

hair in a woman is her genitalia —
therefore she should ponder 
men’s well being
men who would be exposed 
to her hair — long curly or straight
black brown blonde or red

she must put
men’s welfare
ahead of her own
lest they be aroused — 
through no fault of their own

Medusa was raped  
at Athena’s temple —
avenging the desecration of her sanctuary 
the goddess punished young Medusa
turning her hair into serpents

hair in a woman is her genitalia —
when Delilah chopped his hair
his flowing hair 
Samson lost his vigor
his potency and power 

hair in a woman is her genitalia 
a source of might
she is denied 


Tova Beck-Friedman is a visual artist, filmmaker, writer and poet.
In recent work she fuses poetry and moving images to create cine-poems.
Her work has been shown internationally in film festivals, museums, galleries
and on television.  Her poems have been published in Whispers and Echoes magazine,  
Extinction Rebellion Creative Hub and Fevers of the Mind.   

twitter: @tbfstudio

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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