I am a little bride
Born in a place where my voice shouldn’t be heard
A place that claimed ownership of me
I am a body that broke under the price you put on it
My dreams, my rights, my dignity, my life
I am an object that is sold

My heart ignored
A thing to be broken
Like thousands of girls, I am caged
Like thousands of girls, I must commit suicide
Because there is no one to support me
I lost my way in this place

Where no light shines
This place where I suffocate
Look at me, just once. Don’t turn
Your eyes away
Look at me.

I am innocent
Give me my rights
Take my hand and release me from this silence
Don’t cover my sad face with makeup
I am a girl, God-gifted
I have a heart

By Nahid W.

Artwork is by the author.