Three million ~ Maggie Lawson



Her eyes scream in silence
‘neath cool desert air
razored pain writhes
like desperate prey
locked in her lioness teeth
as she carries it to her pride.

Her eight year old legs,
those quivering lambs,
submit to maternal bond,
held down and apart
as she is severed
from potential sin.

Fired metal
dams rivered blood
and quaking frame
soon labours
bereft of care.
Beneath fevered brow
infection of flesh
and culture
eat what razor left.

Pain and pride adopted
as unnatural twins
shadow her careful step
and her tomorrows,
her value determined
by what is gone
not what is left.

And three million
faceless sisters
will join her this year

as they make bloody angels
star-fished in sand.
©Copyright Maggie Lawson 2018

*Prevalence of FGM. It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is…

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