Dedicated to Nawal Al Saadawi.
You had no idea their claws were retracted
Otherwise you would have already reacted
Sickly green curtains flap slyly against breezes
Unaware the cold penetrating souls freezes
Lego houses built and toy train sets crashed
It seemed so natural until it simply flashed.
Metamorphosing into frail nothingness
The grown-up world like a land of otherness
Little children are meant to be seen not heard
Their conversations became oddly blurred
You didn’t understand adults attempting baby talk
You observed your surroundings with eyes like a hawk
Noticing our infidelities, lies and injustice
And we ask why you so blindly trust us
Because you feared for our overflowing plates
And our shoulders stooping down under weights
Waiting for the world to annihilate and save us
Lest further action and responsibility enslave us.
Your repulsed understanding of gender
Made you create your own agenda
Assured you had no future without man
Your anger and disgust right then began
So early on God forsook you,
How his treachery shook you
Second to your brother so flawlessly imperfect
You were prodded to sit straight out of respect
For misogynistic elders you cared little for
Every inch of your being wanted to roar.
Indignation became your default setting
Even now they talk about your wedding
Like you’re a prized lamb on display
Temporary until their time came to betray
And trade you under the label of moral obligation
Moral? You saw right through that fictional creation.
False deities they worshipped and offered
Their virgins how you despised the word
Like your value was measured by bloody skin
Starving and traumatised you became so so thin
Teeth barked and knees chattered cold
Your blue lips moaned: I’ve been sold
And your opinion never fucking mattered
Not even now that your soul is finally shattered.