7th August, 2015 Writers

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

IG: Korray_B

  • Over 12,000 cases of VVF are recorded annually in Nigeria. This is dedicated to every VVF victim.

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