TITLE: Behind the Veil
By Cindy Barclay
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Behind the Veil
Who hides behind the veil concealed?
Smoky eyes gaze outward, holding secrets inward.
Told this wrap of modesty brings protection, shielter from all harm.
Does she relish her curtained cloak? Discern no other resplendence?
Is she proud to shroud her personage? Joyfully submitting?
Out of sight- buried, is she relegated to infinitesimal nothingness?
Or does she dream of casting off her grave clothes?
Is her reverie filled with dreams of becoming something more, full of love with outstretched arms, unique, transparent; joining others in communion?
Not hidden, invisible, ostracized, alone.
Does she long to be free?
To see face to face - to speak heart to heart?
Does she know the One who tore the Holy Veil?
Inviting, calling, drawing her to her Creator?
Does she know she is His treasure?
Or does she think she is nothing?
Who is this woman whose freedoms are stripped without her acquiescence?
Whose husband walks beside in western dress, blending in, assimilated.
Who is this woman, whose daughters skip and dance around her, oblivious to their future?
How long before they wear the veil, jailed behind its power?
Controlling their perceptions,
Limiting their identity, hiding their true worth.
Who is this woman behind the veil? does she see me searching, aching to connect.
She looks away when I smile.
Does she know my heart cries out for God’s love to enfold and liberate her?
My sister behind the veil.
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