Thursday, 15 December 2011


The new cars are shown off with lights, balloons,

and women, those models with tight curves, lines

match the cars, and men come time after time

to touch the chrome, the paint, they nearly swoon

while the women with soft voices lightly stroke

the doors, the seats, the wheel, and then the stick

until the men in high gear feel they must get in quick,

must fondle – they have tightness in their throat.

But in Saudi land, the car is a bold man

since pictures of burkhas can never be sleek.

Saudi girls may not hold a gear in their hands –

it's known they turn lesbian, or a loose freak.

When they drive their labia become untied

sending all the men into a collective cry.

© Lavinia Kumar

'End of virginity' if women drive, Saudi cleric warns
Lavinia Kumar lives in New Jersey. Her family includes a variety of cultures and immigrants. Her poetry has appeared in Waterways, Thatchwork (Delaware Valley Poets), Orbis, US1 Worksheets, and more.