A poem and an illustration (both by me) describing the burdensome load of family and traditions in middle eastern societies. Here, we are forever entangled by the shoulds and shouldnt's of the society, or else the price is dear.
A woman is expected to stay a virgin until marriage, both genders are expected to stay in the family household until married, even if they are well into their 30's and 40's. As you can imagine, there are endless restrictions on how to behave, what to think, and what to wear.
The term 'fetching certificates' is referring to the push towards academic success for women here -at least in my own family household- without paying any attention to their more immediate needs, families metaphorically 'spay' their daughters to preserve honor. No matter how old a woman is, as long as she is unmarried, she has a curfew as when to get back home, it is usually no later than 9 or 10 pm.
In many households, the rooms are keyless to further monitor and control the behavior of the 'children', children who, as I have mentioned earlier, are well into their 30's.
Attached are two versions of the artwork (sensored and unsensored).