honey & lime - some men who surrounded me
Neha Maqsood voices the frustrations and struggles of women living in Karachi whose daily lives are affected by a patriarchal society.
karachi’s men are like trail
mix – a
motorcycle men who smugly exhale a
as they pass you by. beady eyes dangling
just below the
(i wish I could stuff that mashallah
back in his mouth, reserve it for his wife)
men openly masturbating to women
going to school
(i hope in the next life you’re
men in crowded Sunday bazaars
your sister and her friend.
(i wish you prayed to God
with those hands. possibly ask for guidance while you’re at
old men on WhatsApp who forward degrading ‘wife jokes’ or
images of women in compromising positions.
(i wish your daughters hadn’t
checked their mothers’ phones. daddy's just like
other men, they thought)
men who practically amputate your arm
as they take
your parking ticket.
(i will slice your radial artery
before you take me into your world)
men who invite you on their bicycles with
leering gazes and dirty thoughts.
(i’ll push you off and ride off into the
men are like trail mix – get the
whole package, toss out the
The original home (Honey & Lime) for this poem can be found here - https://honeyandlimelit.wixsite.com/website/some-men-who-surrounded-me