In The Widows' Bakery
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A few notes by the poet about the poem "In The Widows' Bakery" :
"After 11th September we all became painfully aware of the conditions of women under the Taliban. Up to that time I have to confess that my knowledge was sketchy and vague. I read as much as I could and watched many TV programmes about the situation and became more horrified with each new (to me) revelation. My admiration for the spirit and strength of those women grew. How they could maintain their sanity, but they do.
Also I love the particular shade of blue of some of the burkas and hate to think of it as an imprisoning colour, because I see it as the sky, sea, flowers and freedom.
I read about a bakery set up in Kabul to enable widows whom otherwise had no means of livelihood. The article described how the women could laugh and sing and remove the burkas for that few hours. This is a freedom that I have every day, and take for granted. I hope this poem is a very small tribute to these women."
Copyright © 2002 K. Kianush, Art Arena