zealous wives

Beheading an adulteress wife in Saudi Arabia

zealous wives

His zealous wives were suddenly possessed.
Zealous women were guillotined, as demons.
Wives were beheaded then, if caught!
Were guillotined! Then, many punished mercilessly,
suddenly, as if punished relentlessly by
possessed demons, caught mercilessly by Allah.

A 6 x 6 square poem, which is identical either up and down.

His              zealous       wives             were              suddenly       possessed
zealous     women        were              guillotined   as                     demons
wives         were             beheaded    then                if                       caught
were           guillotined then              many              punished       mercilessly
suddenly  as                   if                     punished      relentlessly  by
possessed demons      caught          mercilessly  by                    Allah


Hear this on chirbit


Written for:

Form For All: Square Poems

Also posted on:

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Image credit: Facts For Working People Saudis after beheading more sinners. Can we send them more money?

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on June 28, 2012, in ABC wednesday, D’verse Poets Pub, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. all time oldes

    You have the form perfected! Such a chilling tale well told.<3

  2. dang….scary stuff huh…and there are surely still those today that practice this…tightly woven and nice use of the exclamation point as well to add some intensity to your own voice…

  3. Very nice job fitting form and a message. I wanted to do a 10X10 but came to my senses. Potent poetry.

  4. And you found mine devilish? Ha! Punished for being zealous and possessed? It is the form and its repetitions that propel us into insistent patterns, isn’t it? Very interesting. We need to find gentler subjects.

  5. A woman put in her place where justified is acceptable. Afterall he has multiple wives.


  6. Tammy! This is brutal! What a write…and held to one of the toughest forms I’ve yet to attempt. Loved hearing your voice as well…awesome!

  7. “Write” to the jugular, Tammy does ! Awesome, truthful and truth must be told straightforward, no non-sense.
    Thank you
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  8. Loved the recording, but it’s even better in print.

  9. Justice is relative, isn’t it?

  10. As great a challenge as it is to form a structurally perfect square poem – a la Lewis Carroll – it is even more difficult to craft a dramatic piece out of it, and you’ve pulled it off here. I haven’t been able to make the structure subtle enough that the words don’t seem forced, but you’ve come very close to this. Bravo!

  11. This is a very hard read. Very well done though.

  12. Quite amazing. You use the form flawlessly, and it makes sense! k.

  13. Oh, gosh…what an incredible job you did here…has your head stopped spinning yet?! But the topic..hard to believe this insanity is still going on in the world. Send them more money…hell, no!!

  14. oh heck tammy…awesome job.. true to the form and you managed to fill it with tight content as well

  15. Yes, it is very sad that it happens to women there. And how about the men? They dom’t Get punished if They are caught in Such an act.

  16. I was just thinking the same:” what about the men?” this is awful.

  17. Extremely strong Square and it’s depths are as powerful as the images you scribed here. Outstanding piece. Thanks

  18. Well crafted poem to the form. Barbaric savages….hell awaits them all.

  19. This is brilliant, you’ve done a wonderful job. Your words fit into the square perfectly with such a strong story. Thank you for forcing us to think beyond our comfort.

  20. nice job tammy – a cool construction in every sense

  21. rosemary mint

    Excellent job! Your flow and readability are so smooth.

  22. Dramatic, chilling, and disturbing all fit into the confines of the poetic structure. Apropos of the subjects who were confined as well! Brilliant!!

  23. I’ve been amiring everyone who took the challenge and were able to make the line run into the next successfully. You’ve done so here, so count yourself as duly admired! 🙂 (btw I do not play an instrument, sad to say. I just love music deeply.)

  24. My! That is a fascinating format to follow! Delighted by this – and even more so to have a listen to!

  25. Oh my, what chilling drama in a shot space.
    Well done.

  26. this sent shivers down my spine.

  27. A very disturbing post – sad but still true to this day!

    abcw team

  28. That is terrible, of course.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  29. Gives me chill!

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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