Poetry

February 21, 2019 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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By

Okeke Precious Ozioma

 

 

 

Because I Am A Girl

 

 

My father’s voice

Was the danger signal

Reminding me of how female I am

 

Singing it like a song

He always remind mother

Of how worthless she is

For giving him not a child

 

Maybe father was right

When he called me a talking fly

 

So I grew up with this mentality

That I am not child enough

I am not what the world needs

Cos father said so

 

I grew up hating the girl in me

Avoiding eye contact with my shadow

I try escaping from my reflection

I curse my shadow in my dialect

Scold my feminine body in English

 

Covering myself with the hood

Scared of facing womanhood

I ask myself weird questions

Dear me,

Why must you be born a girl?

 

I feed on self hatred and depression

Making myself  a cage

I locked myself in myself

 

Staying too long in this cage

The desire to be free crackled to life again

 

So I walked into the world to say

Dear world,

It’s hard to be in you and not be loved

 

Maybe I should tell father

That I am he wrapped in a different body

That I am the beautiful letter he marked as spam

 

Maybe I should tell the world that

I deserve a portion of its love

 

 

 

 

 

Okeke Precious Ozioma

Okeke Precious Ozioma is from Anambra State, Nigeria, and is a 200level Student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

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5 Comments

  1. Nnenna February 22, at 10:58

    Beautiful piece for the girlchild

    Reply
  2. Precious February 22, at 10:55

    We deserve a portion of the world's love!

    Reply

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