Grace’s Birthday.

Such a pretty girl, such a lovely face. You cannot believe what they planned for little Grace.

She has dressed up for the party, she is twelve today the house is full of women they are all Aunties, that’s what mama says.

She can’t remember details, her screams that made her mother pale. She does remember blood OH! it was everywhere. She remembers the cobwebs on the ceiling at which she had to stare.

The pain is still so awful she can’t get out of bed. So much blood but none of it is as bad as the thoughts within her head. So tired and in need of sleep but the pain is so intense that she cannot find rest. The pain does not relent.

They told her she was clean now , and fit to be a bride. They said she was a woman and she should be filled with pride.

Poor Grace could feel no pride, all she felt was pain from the stitches and the feeling that she would die if they touched her again. She feared growing up and having to marry a man they told her they’d have to cut the stitches then. She could not bear that thought..I do not think anyone can.

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This poem is about female circumcision or female genital mutilation( FGM ) as it is commonly known. I could not write this poem last week but I did post a link to information on this abuse. But I felt I must be strong as I must bring this abuse of young girls to your attention. So there it is a poem for Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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After reposting, my poem on Child brides yesterday from Child Abuse Awareness Month 2012 I thought I would tidy up and repost this one about female genital mutilation( FGM ). This poem broke heart to research and write. It broke my heart again today. Some girls are as younger than the Grace in my poem .

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ksbeth
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 11:17:06



  2. Ritu
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 11:52:32

    This is just so sad ..


  3. pensitivity101
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 12:03:59

    It’s hard to accept that this happens ‘because of tradition’. It is not acceptable in today’s society and yet it still goes on.


  4. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 12:33:38

    This is very hectic, Willow. Beautifully penned.


  5. Soundarya Sriram
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 13:21:24

    This is such an important topic that needs to be discussed on a platform like this. I’m delighted to see it in the form of beautiful poetry. Great write! Glad I discovered your page πŸ™‚


    • willowdot21
      Jul 07, 2018 @ 13:26:58

      I am so sad to say that there are so many terrible things in this world. All I can do is keep prodding people’s awareness. Thank you for reading πŸ’œ


  6. JT Twissel
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 18:01:49

    Another horrible tradition.


  7. Betty Hayes Albright
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 18:29:17

    I heard of this practice some time ago but was hoping it had been outlawed by now. It’s horrifying to know it’s still going on. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Willow.


  8. ellenbest24
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 20:15:06

    This disgracefull abuse and Abh continues today. Good work Willow.


  9. ellenbest24
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 21:17:03

    Horrified, I was before I truly knew. Disgusted I was once I had finished my research. Desolate when I found so little had been done and mostly because she gets taken or cut by her Mum. ☹


    • willowdot21
      Nov 08, 2018 @ 21:23:43

      How can a woman, a mother do this to her tiny daughter when she knows truly knows what it is like. The worst thing is these women , these mothers believe they are doing the right thing by their children. Imagine some are sown up so tight that sex is excruciating and they have to be cut open to have a baby…2018 you think ?πŸ’œ


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