16 Days of Activism against GBV: Petals of Pride

I wrote this piece and posted here almost three years ago and now re-post it again in marking the 16 days of activism for the elimination of all forms of gender based violence. 

PETALS OF PRIDE

Mama, don’t put me under the knife

Give not to culture

A slice of my precious life


My body I feel you holding

In the warmth of a mothers touch

Betrayed by the act of folding

Into the excuse of social norms we use as a crutch


With your hands you cover my eyes

Knowing I am fragile like bone-china

Yet for now my sense of sight

Lives in the pain that radiates from my vagina

Papa, don’t get friendly with the razor

Let not a community of traditions

Be a girl’s appraiser

Hold not a feast

In my cutting honor

For the wounds are rising like yeast

From hurt for which my father was a donor

How can you celebrate

The closing of a blooming flower

As my helpless tears reverberate

And I sit in the remains of my bloody shower

They have cut me open now, Ma!

And taken away my labia

They have sewn me up now, Pa!

Deformed my genitalia

My voice is drowned

In the rhetoric of

Infibulation

And the forced entry of penetration


My vagina a medical journal

Riddled by excision

And cutters calling it

Mere female circumcision


How have I been transformed into a vessel

Carrying the burden of a man’s sexual pleasure

Robbed of my rights to even wrestle

For the part of me I treasure

Mama, don’t put me under the knife

Give not to culture

A slice of my precious life

Papa, don’t get friendly with the razor

Let not a community of traditions

Be a girl’s appraiser!

~~

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~ Love & Light

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