SHATTERED

The pearl has fallen; the glory is shattered Destiny ended; rolled over like a scroll and it never mattered I felt the plunge before seeing the blood; I rise bruised and battered Alas! What do I tell my mother? That for my virginity I never catered? The prized egg cracked;...

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HATEFUL LOVE

Oh hateful love Why do you embrace my generation? Who brought you to Blackman’s world? You were not here in the days of fathers When a daughter’s virginity was the family’s pride And the eager bridegroom pays the debt – One full keg of frothy palm-wine – The first morning...

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WO(MAN)NED (by Estrella Gada)

Untilled land is what I am A Virgin land stretching far beyond the borders; Thorns have found their home in me, Roots dig deep into the pit of my belly Intertwining with my innards; Shrubs have cast their shadows over my body Small patches and big patches of shades Leaves...

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