Feminine Pain
4th August, 2016 Artists

It was my wedding night

All I wanted was to hold tight

But he...a fight

My mother had announced:


She is a virgin!

I remember when I was a child, she said;

The day of circumcision

And the wedding are days of pride.

Aren't mortars and pestles perfect as they are?

Obedient to my parents and elders,

All I did was smile.

I was maimed deep in my inner soul,

Such pain and such trauma

He said "No! You disgust me. Be gone!"

I lay in my wedding bed, crying

Like a fish caught in a cruel net.

Lagos, Nigeria
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