The Old and the New


Poem by guest writer Ayesha Nasir.

The Old and the New

Ayesha Nasir

Old jeans, new hijab
What to wear and what to not.
Old skirts, new hijab
Won’t my classmates be shocked?
Old jewelry, new hijab
My beauty was never meant to be sought.

Old music, new hijab,
the iPod is locked away, those songs blocked.
Old friends, new hijab
Heart as strong as ever, we don’t falter.
Old books, new hijab
My bookshelf craves for more, books that are totally pure.

New me, new hijab
What has changed? Does it show a lot?

Ayesha Nasir
15 years old
Karachi, Pakistan