a land where women were regarded as frail
walked with the pace of a slow snail,
fishing skills of "Fatima the Male"
akin to the fury of a tropical gale.
Annotation: Firihen Faathuma or "Masculine
Fatima" was another of Malé’s characters
of Abdul Rasheed’s childhood. She was probably a
lesbian and preferred to do the work normally done
by men. She went fishing and reputedly built her
own house. Her eccentricity and strength of personality
saved her from persecution. Firihen Faathuma died
in the early 1970’s.