Too soon

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Posted March 24, 2018 from Nigeria

At the dawn of a new day,

She eagerly awaits her fate,

Her sudden fate has drawn close,

Even her thought could not stop it.

 

Her journey has already started,

To make her a woman,

To make her untimely for children,

Her body soon to be ravished.

 

Her dreams down the drain,

Her hope shattered,

Her still voice cut short,

As she walked into fate.

 

She only 13,

Young heart,brave heart,

How could she stop this,

Oh how could she.

 

Her groom all dressed,

He 4 scores and 3,

As old as her father,

Her untimely departure into maturity.

 

She waited to scream out,

But her voice was cut short,

By the society whose view is insane to her plight,

Oh she cried,

Who will save me,

I am young and i still want more.

 

Her tears was unstoppable,

As she was carried away,by the devourer called her own,

She knew too well this was her fate,

And so to many in her clan.

Nnenna hannah okoh-metu

 

 

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Olutosin
Mar 24, 2018
Mar 24, 2018

So sad my sis.
Yesterday, I watched a video of an Indian woman, it's a documentary about her life. She was married off at age 10, to a man of 30years, at age 20 he sent her away with a 9 months pregnancy, she went back to her parent's house but she was denied entrance. That same day he fell into labour at night. She delivered the baby by herself and used a sharp stone to cut her umbilical cord.....same day she was pursued.....by her husband and parents.

The following day after the delivery....a baby girl, she started begging by the road side. She met several orphans under the bridge...small children. She catered for them, in a few years, she had catered for thousand children....

Now, she has 6 orphanages, has taken care of more than 5000 children who are doctors, lawyers, teachers Tec. They are now are children.....

Lastly, her husband has returned, begging, at 80, she forgave him........

Child marriage is evil....

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Mar 24, 2018
Mar 24, 2018

My sister olu,so much atrosity in this world,its really sad,thank you for doing what you do,you are making this world better day by day

Jill Langhus
Mar 24, 2018
Mar 24, 2018

Hi Nnenna. Thanks for sharing this sad story with us. I'm so sorry this happened to you. I hope these old, harmful traditions will soon end so that girls can be girls and be treated as such, and to live out all their hopes and dreams accordingly. It is their right.

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Mar 24, 2018
Mar 24, 2018

Hi jlanghus,this poem is not about me,i am a poet,thanks for the empathy.

Jill Langhus
Mar 25, 2018
Mar 25, 2018

Oh, I see. I'm glad that it didn't happen to you, but I'm sad that it does happen:( You're welcome. Hope you have a great day!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 25, 2018
Mar 25, 2018

Dear Hannah,

This is a powerful cry out to the world with what needs to be changed. Marriage is still so romanticized and you have named it for what really does happen to too many millions of girls. I hope your message goes far and wide. This is what we are here together for, within WorldPulse. That no girl has this happen, that every girl is free to choose her life path. I look forward to more poetry from you. I hope you fill a book that we can all carry and read out to crowds.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Mar 26, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

Thank you tam,i will continue to voice out, i love to write and i will fill my book soon,i have more than 50 poems,i will continually speak out against evil with my poem, feel free to read my other poems.
Thank you sister tam

Bettina Amendi
Mar 18, 2019
Mar 18, 2019

What a great poem.Keep up the good work Hannah.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Mar 23, 2019
Mar 23, 2019

Hello, Nnenna,

Child marriage is tragic. I’ve once met an old woman during our community profiling year ago. She opened up about how miserable her life was because her parents married her off to her father’s friend.

This poem is like how you described her. She was 13 and he was in his 40s or older. I was a stranger with a survey questionnaire in my hand, but she opened up her pains and how as a widow she is raising her mentally disabled adult son. Heartbreaking how many girls are robbed of a better future because of these forced marriages.

Thank you for writing this truth.

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Mar 23, 2019
Mar 23, 2019

Thank you dear karen,my expression comes in form of poem,thank you,i will continue to write and share my words on injustice...

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Mar 24, 2019
Mar 24, 2019

You’re welcome, sister. Please keep posting. I look forward to reading your poem. Please send me a link if you’ve written one (if in case I miss to see it).

Thank you!:)