Girl - A poem by Taiwo Adetunji

Taiwo Racheal
Posted October 17, 2020 from Nigeria

She came into the world with only few drumbeats

Ah! Nothing is dangling between her legs

She will require more training

She must learn to care for her family

She must learn to love and obey her husband

She must learn to please the society

Ah! At least nothing is dangling between her legs

She must embrace quiet like a cloak

She must lower her eyes to exude respect

She must remain on bended knees to offer reverence

She must smile demurely even if it hurts

Ah! Obviously, she has nothing dangling between her legs

She wouldn’t even bulge or oblige

She is untrainable

She speaks without permission

She raises her chin without lowering her eyes

She wouldn’t bend her knees

She is tagged a rebel

Ah! she probably has something dangling between her legs

Rebel is a huge word for a weaker vessel

Perhaps no lad will look her way

She would never survive the scandal

Her friends will proceed to their shelter to receive the crown

She will be mocked and jeered at

She will be called the most inappropriate name ‘man’

Ah! Now something is definitely dangling between her legs

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Nini Mappo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hello Racheal,
Welcome to World Pulse. Thank you for sharing your poem on the trials and burdens of being born and growing up a girl. We all here see and acknowledge these hardships, and we continue to raise our voices for the girl child. Thank you for adding to the chorus. We look forward to knowing more about you in your future stories:)

Taiwo Racheal
Oct 21
Oct 21

Thank you Nini for your kind words. I am happy to be here

Oct 17
Oct 17
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Andrace
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hi Racheal,
Wow! Nice to read from you. Raise your voice louder. You should be seen and heard. This lovely poem conveys a really important message. Why should we be judged for being female? Hearty congratulations on your first post.

Keep writing and shining, Sis.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Taiwo Racheal
Oct 21
Oct 21

Thank you so much Andrace for your kind words. I will continue to raise my voice to advance the live of the girl-child always

Sabiha Hasan
Oct 21
Oct 21

Nice! Would you like your this poem to b republished as a guest writer on our news and media portal, i.e. worldcapitaltimes.com.
Let me know!
All the best for future

Taiwo Racheal
Oct 21
Oct 21

Thank you Sabiha for your kind words. And yes i would like that very much. DO let me know as soon as you do

Sabiha Hasan
Oct 21
Oct 21

Sure, I kindly email your poem with your name, country and a picture. [email protected] and cc it to [email protected]

Taiwo Racheal
Oct 21
Oct 21

email sent. Thanks again Sabiha

Hello, Racheal,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm happy that a new voice from Nigeria is rising up.

You've gifted us with a lovely yet excruciating poetry as a first post. It is heartbreaking that the girl in your poem represents millions of girls in this world. May each find her voice, and may she be empowered to speak up and rise from the oppressive culture to women and girls. Thank you for this lovely poetry. What inspired you to write this?

Please write more. Looking forward to reading more from you! Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Taiwo Racheal
Oct 22
Oct 22

Hello Karen, thank you so much for your kind words, and i am very pleased to be here. My poetry was inspired by my childhood and even adulthood journey. I was repeatedly called a boy or acting like a man because i dared to act and move beyond naysayers expectations of what girls and women should do. So i thought to pour some of it into this poem and i am already writing more. My goal is for every girl and woman to explore and move beyond their potential regardless what the society think.
Thanks again for your kind words sister