A Girl

by Manna Mariam Shibu

From a hole in a window
Unnoticed, like a shadow
She sees the boys, and their world
Can’t be like them because she’s a girl?
Their hands for shields and trophies
Her hands for clothes and dishes
If these are facts of nature, then I
I’ll erase them and rewrite with my wishes
None cage my wind of dreams
Of flying, and claiming my rights
This tiny girl has a soul, a soul with
A pounding heart, a heart that also fights
With social norms, and slander,
Do not devalue me,
And dare not judge me by my gender.

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