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Girl - A poem by Taiwo Adetunji



She came into the world with only few drumbeats



Ah! Nothing is dangling between her legs



She will require more training



She must learn to care for her family



She must learn to love and obey her husband



She must learn to please the society



Ah! At least nothing is dangling between her legs



She must embrace quiet like a cloak



She must lower her eyes to exude respect



She must remain on bended knees to offer reverence



She must smile demurely even if it hurts



Ah! Obviously, she has nothing dangling between her legs



She wouldn’t even budge or oblige



She is untrainable



She speaks without permission



She raises her chin without lowering her eyes



She wouldn’t bend her knees



She is tagged a rebel



Ah! she probably has something dangling between her legs



Rebel is a huge word for a weaker vessel



Perhaps no lad will look her way



She would never survive the scandal



Her friends will proceed to their shelter to receive the crown



She will be mocked and jeered at



She will be called the most inappropriate name ‘man’



Ah! Now something is definitely dangling between her legs

Girl Power
Africa
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