The Lie. The Trick

Another poem for Child Abuse Month back in April 2013. This one is about child brides. Girls are as good as kidnapped by their own parents . Imagine the culture shock from living life here in the west to suddenly finding out that the exciting holiday you were looking forward to was just a ruse to get to India,Pakistan or Afghanistan to marry you off often to an older man.

In the villages of India,Pakistan, Afghanistan and Africa. Children as young as 6yrs are married off to older men. It is wrong, don’t you think. I have reposted this after reading Notestowomen‘s Entry for #writephoto

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Happy head full of teenage dreams sending texts and watching ipad screens. Looking forward to the summer holiday visiting cousins far away.

At the school gate with your friends you’ll see them all when the summer ends.

Eighteen months later them’s the brakes. OH! what difference those months makes! No longer a carefree happy teen, a mother in servitude, dreams of what her life could of been.

Why did her parents cheat her so marrying her off to an older man she did not know. All her schooling all her dreams blown away in smithereens.

She remembers weeping so, begging her parents not to go. Why did they do this to her she wants to know.

Put a stop to child brides

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 16:39:27

    Wow… Powerful piece sis 💜

    Reply

  2. notestowomen
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 17:24:04

    Powerful piece which truly captures the betrayal the victim experiences and her lost innocence. Marriage should be a choice.

    Reply

  3. JT Twissel
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 21:18:57

    I think it is wrong but it’s been a custom for hundreds if not thousands of years so it will be difficult to stop.

    Reply

  4. Betty Hayes Albright
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 23:18:50

    It’s just unimaginable…! Makes me weep….

    Reply

  5. janmalique
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 07:21:55

    It has to be stopped but changing attitudes will be a hard task.

    Reply

  6. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 12:37:09

    Very powerful post, Willow. Unfortunately, the perpetrators of these crimes do not see it that way and until they do, it won’t stop.

    Reply

  7. Half Glass Full
    Jul 24, 2018 @ 14:38:14

    Amazing write-up!!

    Reply

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