Life of a Girl
By D’Vyne Murry
From a little girl we were told we could be anything we wanted
To dream big, to shoot for the stars.
We laughed and skipped with joy.
Life was at its easiest.
They asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up.
We told them things like: Princess, Doctor, Dancer.
When we were older, they asked us again, but on a more serious note.
So we gave them answers like: Chef, Banker, Nurse.
But what they really don’t know is that we told them those things so that they would stop asking.
They forget that we are girls, going through things–physically, mentally, emotionally.
There are things I still don’t understand,
Like what it means to be a Woman.
What persecution will I have to face to succeed in life?
What do I have when everything is gone?
These are the questions that run through my head.