12/1/2009 10:17:24 PM
Dorothea Diba’s poem, “Dearest Maids” presents the harsh realities of mistreatment that many female domestic workers endure. While she does it in a graceful and sensitive manner, she leaves the reader with a strong need for concern and awareness. The poem, truthful and bold, raises issues of physical and psychological abuse; abuse which is often times unknown, ignored or suppressed because of the low social status of domestic workers and lack of regulation of the conditions of their work. Majority of these workers leave their homes behind only to find that they are desired and hunted by their new employers.
While such violence of rape and misery goes unreported in many cases, the issues at hand are very real. These workers are often times isolated and mistreated in ways that are globally characterized as inhumane. Diba’s words express the violent acts and the desperateness for hope and freedom. These workers flee poverty for a chance at a better life only to endure further mistreatment and risk of trafficking and cruelty. They cannot be heard because they are vulnerable and isolated. This poem will tear through the heart of any reader, conveying harsh imagery while bringing the significant issues of violence to the surface.