Inspired by an interview I heard on BBC Newshour – a reporter asked a Kenyan girl what she wants men to know about girls and she replied “A girl is not a dog.”
A girl is not a dog
A dog earns respect when it
Bears its teeth –
All a girl earns through submission is the right to live.
Nobody passes a stray dog without
Trying to help it find its way home –
Nobody cares where the girl belongs.
A wounded dog’s cries for help
Will be heeded –
Nobody hears the anguish of a girl who doesn’t exist.