they said I was born but a woman,
right from my piercing cry,
at the mission hospital on the hills,
the old women made me understand,
my cord was cut and buried deep and far away!
Sitting with my legs close,
and the kitchen to be my real house,
were the few of the rules,
and hey, don't play with the boys!
At four they took me to the teacher,
'Mwalimu' give her a future,
oh, did the future involve pain?
Because at the 'big' school everything went by the stick!
Then mama heard of the town gospel,
so at eleven she waved goodbye,
leaving me at the gates of the school where 'we never went home'
I knew this is what they called growing up.
Now am in the 'degree school',
at least they have stopped talking ill of mother,
that she wasted money on educating a woman,
for they see a future Doctor!
But success wasn't handed to me on a silver plate,
No! I worked even harder because i was a woman,
at the 'bigger' school teachers said life was just but a dream,
mine I woke up and made it real!
That's why I smile at myself,
for they made me understand,
that my cord was cut and buried deep and far away.
I was born a woman!
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Note: This piece is written to encourage girl child empowerment
This piece won us (my colleagues and I) over 30k at ILRI GOT TALENT-2013