Incomplete is what I am standing alone in the crowded market,
Women chit-chatting about their husbands,
Children playing football with a deflated ball,
I stand afar, too scared to go any closer,
Lest I disperse the market.
I am like masquerade that makes people take to their heels,
And yet, I have no whip nor am I covered in bamboo rafters,
Still, I must confess, the smell from my body is worthy of a run.
How lucky you are that run from me - I too want to run,
Please teach me, how can I run from myself?
I remain stuck in a body that failed me,
Not my body's fault though; partially my fault.
I got married too early, got pregnant too early,
I had a stillbirth and now, I've got VVF.
My name is Aisha Ramon and I am 15 years old.
Credit: painting by KorrayB Art