She’s just a girl

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Neueli Mauafu

She was only eighteen

Black hair, brown skinned

Yet hiding behind the fear of love

Burning slowly and spreading within

Don’t do this! 

Dad tells her

Stay away from boys! 

Mum says 

Be home by three o’clock 

Brothers warning 

Never does she answer back or complain

Falls in love instantly

Those so called “market meet ups”

She’s 18 for goodness sake”

Of course she would fall in love

All she wants is for her family to know

For them to understand

Yet the pressure and fear is too much

Best if hidden undercover

Going behind her parents back

Turns out Prince Charming wasn’t as promised

One of those cunning cool guys

Shows her the dark side of life

Market meet ups

Skipping school

Alcohol and drugs

Promising her true love divine

Before she knows it

She’s carrying a new breed

Pregnant, confused and scared

She turns to those who are close for help in need

But who’s there?

Nobody in sight

Calling her cheeky and childish

Shaming her for not choosing right

But maybe, just maybe 

If we weren’t so tough on her

And pressuring her daily

And listened to her talk

Sharing, understanding and communicating

Someone to talk to

Be able to share the hardships of the world

Keep in mind

SHE’S JUST A GIRL

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