Pregnancy

by Kajal Ahmad

Unlike her friends,
she can't boast a waist any more.
Her hips don't swing and sway.
She doesn't dare
to ride the wheel
and the ship of Serchnar*
as she used to when she was engaged.

She is pregnant
which is why she's prettier than the girls around her,
prettier than the men who at evening
pass by her lament.
Among the neighbourhood women,
she looks the most love-stricken
and the liveliest.

Looking at her
makes you long for watermelon.
And you learn to dream
of a baby's cry or laughter
as you knit a sock
or a little jumper.

Her waist isn't as slim
as a reedpipe any more.
The time for skirts
expands
and for jeans
disappears.

Lipstick's now ignored
along with high heels and mirrors.
Her heyday for wearing
ballgowns and swimsuits is over.

Now she talks
to her own womb.
Unaware of us or of herself.

May God make it good,
this nine-month search
on the roads of life and death.
May God make it good,
this fate which women face.

The literal translation of this poem was made by Choman Hardi

The final translated version of the poem is by Mimi Khalvati

Notes

*The wheel and ship are fairground rides.

Comments

  1. October 10th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I. Murad Zahawy says:

    nice, delicate and witty verses ..proud of u Kajal

  2. March 8th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    leila says:

    I admire the poem. Kajal is great but I agree with shilan. Women are able to do it but it is not their fate!!! This fate has been created by men like Camal! Women should be free to choose it if they like. A piece of poem is somebody's emotion about a situation; if this situation is beautiful for Kajal it is not for lots of other women though it carries positive dennotations too!

  3. October 15th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Shilan Shorsh says:

    this poem is nice but it is traditional. why it is women's destiny to become pregnant? all women need not to become pregnant. poem tells us that all women are made to be pregnant and it is her destiny. I do not understand why people call themselves for femenist but think so Traditionally in poetry selection.

  4. August 2nd, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Danielle says:

    It's a good piece! But i do not agree with the whole content of the poem. I am a first time mother. And i have never felt sexy and more beautiful and proud than these past 8 months of my life.

    WE all should perceive pregnancy in a way to truly celebrate the beauty of a woman! It's a celebration of life and that is a legacy that only pregnant women possess.

  5. April 4th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    cemal says:

    yes, it must be the women's fate to give birth and that is what makes the life in the universe go round.The poem tells us that women are always beautiful no matter what happens,like Kajal Ahmad.Nice work...!