This is the excerpt for your very first post.


Too soon

the child menstruates

bleeding away her

need to play

she is captured

behind glass

starched and polished

until catching the eye of a man

old enough to have given her life

she is sold

in so much some marriages are not


and her private parts are laid bare

under a shard of glass standing in for knife

then the girl knows

she is a woman

spreading her wide to ensure

she was not defiled

her hymen reinforced

her clitoris removed


if she is not sewn tightly enough

her husband will not feel

special nor soak the ritual bed sheet


she could die if she does not tear apart

sufficiently for the relatives

who bay for her blood


if she feels anything but gratitude and pain

she may be tempted by someone else

perhaps the boy her age

who with her in the dirt played

before she had to give up

being a child and become

a woman slain

in shackles of faith


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