Meltem Arikan

Crying always inside,

women’s tears are cried out

Words scattered beyond reach 

hopelessness engulfs you

Bodies and beyond bodies 

subject to pain

To be woman is torment

To be woman is crime

And men…

Feel no shame

On with talking

On with judging

Holding women down

with ingenious rules

conscience and empathy supplanting

İf I wasn’t cried out I could cry out

Somebody might hear my voice

Woman’s voice

Women’s voices

Cascading rip the silence  


Meltem Arıkanis a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009.  Stop Hurting My Flesh was recently republished in Turkish and will be published in English in 2013.

Photo Credit: © Diego.cervo | - Abused and Beaten Young Woman Crying at Home


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