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Sleepless I am in my room
Alone with my thoughts,
Is this how I will continue to live?
Having lost my father at a tender age

Mom who is supposed to be there for me
Seem not to care about my existence,
Always out on business trips
Leaving me behind with her new husband

All I ever know about being a girl child
Were all learnt from school
All thanks to Home Economics practicals,
I wonder if I will be able to cook ordinary noodles

My step-father does not even bother
He buys his food from eateries
While I eats whatever I cook myself
Lack of parental care is killing me slowly

And it was my school’s anniversary
When a motivational speaker was invited
Then,she talked to us about Virginity
And the importance of keeping it safe till Marriage

Her words really got me
So,I decided within me
That come what may,the deal is sealed
Till my wedding night

Years passed by,
Mom still never stopped traveling everyday
Leaving her only daughter behind
Believing she will sort herself

How time flies!
I’m now in my final year in high school
Preparing for my Senior School Certificate Examination
Feeling happy and fulfilled

Remembering I haven’t broken my promise to myself
To keep my Virginity till Marriage
Then,on one unfortunate night
After taking a cold shower

I lay on my bed to put my body to sleep
Having turn off the lights
Then,suddenly I felt a grip on my legs
With the other hand caressing my innocent body

Frightenly I screamed,
Wondering who it could be!
Then I got the shock of my life
When the lights were turned on

Lo and Behold,
It was my step-father
He held a knife to my neck
Threatening to kill me if I dare shout

Beseeching me to cooperate
As he rip me of my pride
Oh!My virginity!
My dignity! My pride! I cried!

My heart bleeds bitterly
As hot tears roll down my cheeks
Painful as hell I felt,the joy of womanhood is gone
I wish it was all I dream

While struggling with different thoughts in my mind,
Amidst the pains I felt,
I silently cursed my step-father
And began to regret the day I was born

It continued like that for years
Despite being harassed and assaulted,
My step-father never stopped threatening me
Vowing to kill me if I ever dared tell anyone

Putting up courage to tell mom is like…
Setting ablaze rubber with petrol
Instead of listening to my plight
Hold on girl,I will see you when I’m back will be her reply

Not knowing her dearest husband
Has ruined her daughter’s life!
So,I decided to keep mute
As my step-father never stopped assaulting me

So,I gained admission into University
He made sure it was the one closer to us
So that I won’t have to leave home
That’s so thoughtful of you darling

Says Mom,
My heart bleeds in silence
As I watch her ruin me with her negligence
Now,I’m fully grown…

At 23,I’m a graduate of Accounting
Mom is no longer a kid either
She decides to start a business at home
As she’s tired of the stress of traveling

Being a first class graduate,
Securing a good job wasn’t hard at all
Now,she wants me to get married
After her husband has ruined my life

I wept like it was the end of life
As I remember the day I was torn apart
When my step-father forcefully took my pride
This stigma will never go

Bring back my pride I screamed!!
Then I began to thrash out the whole thing to her
In the presence of her so-called husband
She began to cry and plead my forgiveness
Comr. Adukeade (OOU NAPSS VP)✍
An Instrument of positive change and a blessing to my generation ❤️[email protected]

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