Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NaPoWriMo 2014 - day 29 - We. Will. Have. Our. Girls.

Do you know how impossible it is for two hundred thirty-four girls to be missing from the same place
Two hundred thirty-four absent voices
Two hundred thirty-four absent pairs of eyes
Two hundred thirty-four black faces
Do you know that somebody knows where two hundred thirty-four girls are right now
Do you know that you could buy a ten year old Nigerian wife for twelve dollars
Do you know how much goats go for in Nigeria
Do you know that there is a difference between a goat and a girl
Do you know goats cannot fold laundry
Do you know goats will not lay on their backs
While you stick your tongues and penis and fingers in their sore vaginas
Do you know

Do you know girls can have babies
Girls can give life
Girls can birth boys to make you a proud man
Do you want to be a proud man
Do want a baby girl to smile at you and tell you she is proud to be your wife
Is that what you want
Do you want a girl you bought for twelve dollars to cook for you
Do you know she is old enough to know her life before you
Do you know a girl is old enough to hate

I hope you know we teach our daughters to escape
I hope you know we teach our daughters to kill
I hope you know we teach our daughters to pray
I hope you know we teach our daughters to remember

We teach our daughters to tell
We teach our daughters to swing fists
We teach our daughters to live

We will live
We will fight
We will keep looking for our daughters

Do you know how dangerous mothers can be
Have you heard how wicked we are
Did they tell you we cast spells
I know they mentioned we set fires
You saw the ashes on the ground

Do you know we can smell
Do you know our girls have left a trail
Do you know we will not stop

Are you afraid
Do you know when to be afraid
Have you looked underneath our fingernails
Do you know where we hide the knives
Do you know we have already died a million times
Do you know how loud we laugh when death comes knocking

You know what we demand
You know what we will do

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