Browsing tag: Poverty

I am a woman now: Jennifer Dafwat

Yesterday I played among the boys and girls I took off my wrapper and held out my chest I invited one of my mates to see the colour of my dirty panties. Today mother says I can't do the same Her and  me are under the same attack Today's stigma came with a flow A stench lingering long after the boys have gone to rest. Mama said I'm a woman now I must learn to cover my treasures She said she was sorry The used cloth is all she can afford To help me drain this blood Flowing incessantly from my opening As for father

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When sorrow sings: AP

This lacerating maps on the soles of my feet needs no compass, It knows no friend but foe. My leather bed will sing their ode and chant testimonies of their incising deftness so old. I know the road they trail grazing on barren lands so frail. This grumbling beast in my stomach knows nothing foreign, But the feasting worms in it, It churns its life Vomits it, and swallows again. I hear its rumblings I know the cacophony of its mumblings But like it, I'm not deaf to its rants I feel it too. Yet this

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