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Thursday, 29 May 2014

A Young Girl Cries

She’s not sure what’s been done, but
she knows it was bad, it hurt so much .
Two hundred sisters screamed alongside,
young girls initiated into subjugation
by punitive pain; each bloody mess
stitched clumsily up again, inside.

Outrage is visible only in Stephanie’s
face, the foreign journalist, passionately
steadying her camera to record this
silent, indignant, accusatory stare.
Will these clotting tears manage to provoke?  
Make people care? One must try to hope.

©Sue Norton

Sue Norton lives and writes in York.

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