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‘Saying Society’
‘Saying Society’
What have we said her into?
We mouthed her
Mouthed her back to her nightmare

She became our plague
She became our shame
She became our dent
She became our ordeal
We pushed her
Pushed her back

She pleaded for our understanding
She pleaded for our help
Our holier-than-thou attitude didn’t let us think
Our family ego didn’t let us help
We pushed her

“Go, go, go back
It’s your home
Don’t let another take
What you have worked for”
We told her we were against the act
We told her we were with her this time

He came begging
He came pleading
He looked repentant
Like he always has after his wicked act
We joined in assuring her it won’t happen again
We pushed her

Who will tell the story of what happened
The head is down
The mouth is shut
Who will tell us what happened

Why cry
Why cry
We pushed her
She never wanted to go back
But we didn’t let her be
The name and ego we tried to protect is now everywhere
Everywhere for the very wrong reasons

Will she survive this?

Saying society
Oh Saying Society
Who is our next target?
When will we look beyond us?
And deal with the issue

Let these women be
Let them live
Help them live
Stop the stigmatization

Say No to all form of Domestic Violence
Say it and sand by it

All Rights Reserved © Stella C. Obokoh 2018


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ABUSED - ‘SAYING SOCIETY’ So loud So loud she shouted Shouting for help Every other night She is shouting I can hear her now He is hitting her again She's been hit, beat and battered Wounded inside out Lost her glow Lost herself-worth Lost her confidence Lost her smile All for what the society would say
She is grinding She is grieving She is dying Because the society won't listen to her No one wants to hear her own side of the story No one cares how she feels She has been told to stay there and fight for her home She has been admonished to stay and pray some more She has been told everything will be alright But for how long For how long She has been caged by what the society says
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