Hear me! Hear us!
I have been killed so perfectly- Death was my guest when I welcomed you
I never assumed – you are a poison- your words are your investments
Sunlight bathes me – as it did many years back
I am hearing the buzz
“A college student found dead”
I was guilty of being so passionate- so ambitious – we are guilty of trusting you!
We have been killed-or redesigned
I have been killed so perfectly in a perfect moment
I am sunlight now-
I have been burnt so perfectly- Colorful flames touched my skins, cells
I endured the burnt body for four days-alive, all alone
I was guilty of accusing you of your lust, touching me and many others
I was guilty of unveiling your rotten- monstrous eyes, hands and almost everything
That shattered thousand dreams
I have been burnt so perfectly- petrol bathes me-
I am fire now-
I have been gang-raped, I remember your laughing, high-fiving when you penetrated on me
Hyenas tearing me – inch by inch –
I was guilty of returning late-
I am guilty of lonely girl or woman
– riding the bus at night
We are guilty of being women; or a five month girl or a teenage
We have been gang-raped -yes, gang-raped-you have been too
Thousand roar- she is a roaming prostitute- backlash
I have been repeatedly gang-raped, like you, like her,
Like my mother, grandmother-
I am a voice now-
i am Nusrat-i am muniya- i am tanu-i am joyti- i am salam- i am 5- i am 20 -i am 45-i am a student- i am a garments worker- i am a widow-i am lasbian-i am a bengali- i am muslim-i am hindu- i am christian- i am a rohingya-i am a chakma- i am an immigrant- i am a refugee- i am the world – i am the ocean- i am the air-i am the earth- I AM SUNLIGHT-SEE THE TRUTH- I AM FIRE- BURN THE HELL- I AM A VOICE- HEAR ME-HEAR US!!!
Shampa Iftakhar, Assistant Professor (Study Leave), Department of English, Daffodil International University is currently pursuing her MA in Women’s & Gender Studies in Southern Connecticut State University. Her areas of interest include Sexual Violence, Rohingya Issue in Bangladesh, American Literature, Religion, Diaspora Literature, #Me Too in Bangladesh, and Feminism in Bangladesh.