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Girl, Missing

Vanessa Chisakula | Zambia

I was abducted

Overpowered by life to give in

Here lies my dead body

The only witness of an involuntary transition

Which was an unwelcome guest

That signalled the present was now past

Girlhood unceremoniously waved goodbye when I needed her the most

Stopped holding my handing at a time when my fingers were still curled in expectation

Left me to stand alone when the wind blew its hardest

The day I held a life

Which was looking up to me and no one else

As salvation


In desperate need of me as a lifeline

Called me mama at the first chance it got to form words

At a time when I equally longed for a mothers embrace


I knew

I was no longer a girl

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