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Poetry

I left

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Because I understood at too young of an age that I should be ashamed of my body.

 

Because it was painfully clear that my brothers were of greater value than my sisters and I.

 

Because I was taught that when I menstruated I was impure.

 

Because I was to be responsible to a man my entire life.

 

Because the family’s reputation was more important than my well-being or happiness.

 

Because I disagreed with all of this.

 

Because my sister was forced to marry a man who would turn out to be a violent and abusive husband

 

and when she confided to our parents of his abuse, they told her to go back and try again

 

because a man is permitted to beat his wife.

 

Because I was to have no choice in the person I would marry.

 

Because nothing was worth sacrificing the freedom I wanted and knew I deserved.

 

Because had I ever expressed what I truly felt, I would likely not be alive today.

 

 

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