A proud Canadian of Islamic Faith

Winner name: 

Hosna Sahak

Award date: 

September, 2016

Contest: 

Embraced amidst the folds of my scarf,

And veiled behind this black gossamer,

I appear a symbol of oppression and hate,

But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.

 

My face is shielded, but my eyes are free,

To endure the stares of rage they see.

The media has not portrayed my people so great,

But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.

 

The word terrorist is the slap in the face,

That welcomes me as I enter a workplace.

9/11. My religion is slandered by a date,

But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.

 

As a minority, life is a struggle these days,

I am unemployed and have a family to raise.

My black gossamer fabric is now tainted with tears,

As I watch my children grow to endure their fears.

 

But I stand.

 

Beneath the fabric, underneath the cloth,

Lay the qualities of determination and hard work.

Because of my religion, I was believed to be unpayable,

But unions mattered because they knew I was capable.

 

Regardless of my garb, I am not to be treated like trash,

I deserve equal rights, and just as equal amount of cash.

My potential was undermined because I was a minority,

But unions were the first to value my priority.

 

Unions struggled to make my workplace safe,

They believed my child should not grow up a waif.

And if I were to ever again conceive,

They promised me a proper maternity leave.

 

If you are ever considering someone to hire,

Please look past my Islamic attire.

I sit in my office and work there in equal state,

But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.

 

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