Is this not beautiful?
I challenge my destiny, my time
I challenge the human eyeI will sneer at ridiculous rules and people
That is the end of it; I will fill my eyes with pure
light, and swim in a sea of unbound feelingI have challenged tradition and my absurd position,
and I have gone beyond what age and place allow.
Written by the Egyptian feminist poet Aisha Al-Taimuriya (1840-1902), the excerpt is taken from Hilayat al-tiraz (Embroidered Ornaments), published in 1909.