New World Nubian

Perspectives from a Child of the Americas


You lie with me in this unequal bed

Where I’m the servant and you’re the head

Trusted to raise, cuddle, cradle, and nourish

Trodden so you limit my abilities to flourish

Restricted with arcane edicts and fear-based fatwas

a Ph.D, forbidden even to drive cars

But today my darlin’, I exercise this fact,

I’ve taken the wheel and I ain’t turning back….


#For the women of Saudi Arabia who have taken to the wheel today and defied repression starting with exercising their right to drive, even under the threat of imprisonment.  #fact-there are more women with Ph.Ds in Saudi Arabia than driver licenses 

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3 comments on “Uprising

  1. Catherine Toppin
    June 18, 2011

    Nice work! I wouldn’t have known about this moment in history absent your poem. Write on sista!

  2. Chon
    June 20, 2011


  3. Maya
    June 28, 2011

    Love it. “Taking the wheel and aint turnin back.” <3 :)

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