JUST BECAUSE I AM A GIRL | Poetry by Lewis Wamwanda

Just because I am a girl,
They want me to stay home
Or worst still to 'cook' for someone
Someone older and wealthier
Someone with money, cows and wives
Someone with children, grand children and great-grand children
Just because I am a girl

Just because I am a girl
They take me out of the keys of life
Forcing me to cook, wash and collect firewood
They sit and laugh loud
As I coil, bitten by smoke and soot
Coughing and battling with smoke
In the dark pits full of utensils

Just because I am girl
They snatch from me the freedom of speech
To listen and agree to their judgements
To argue not even when I'm right
They make bad decisions on my behalf
And like a lamb supposed to follow still
Just because!

Just because I am a girl
I am forced to be mutilated
Cut by the ugly blunt old iron
To scream not for help
But behave like a well taught woman
To carry countless children in my small belly
Children who know not their fate
Cursed and shunned away if I get no men

Just because I am a girl
Does not mean I can't be educated
Just because I am a girl
Does not mean I can't speak
Just because!

Just because I am a girl
Does not mean I am not human
I am a girl
and a human at that matter
My rights I will fight for
I am tired of cooking
Tired of marrying my grandfathers
I am tired of being cut
Plus the pain is painfull
Just because I am a girl!


©Lewis Wamwanda
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