We were told to shrink ourselves,
To hide and be arranged like a book
On the society’s shelf…
We were taught how to cook,
How to stand the flame
Of the hot burning wood,
How to take all the blame
And always be good…

We were told “keep your virginity”
It would make you special…
We weren’t told to keep our purity
Which is the most crucial…
We were taught how to be fake,
We were like a cake,
Baked by them in their oven.
They made us uneven,
We lost ourselves to their standards
And even when we grew in the games
Between society, us and the cards,
We lost all, even our names…


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Shoola Oyindamola is the author of HEARTBEAT- A collection of poems. She is a poet, a writer and a feminist.
N.B – The book ‘HEARTBEAT’ is available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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