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Friday, 29 August 2014


Not old enough to vote or wed
or give consent,
but old enough to be transferred                   
by men to men;

Not old enough to drive a car,
have overdrafts or credit cards,
but old enough to be exchanged;

Not old enough to live alone or own a home,
but old enough to be deceived;
to be perceived as third and fourth class citizens,
as damaged goods and chattel;
to be consumed
and spent.

Not old enough to get a job, leave school,
or give consent,
but old enough to be consigned
by men to men.

©Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor has been writing and performing poetry since 2010, and loathes injustice to the core of her being. http://www.writeoutloud.net/profiles/laurataylor

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