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DEAR GIRL, REMEMBER

By <a href="/centrovoices/meet-the-authors/viviann-rodriguez">Viviann “True” Rodriguez</a>

DEAR GIRL, REMEMBER

Dear girl,
Remember that your arrival was bloody
Your mother's screams your birth song
That you drowned into life
 
This life ain't for the weak
Never let your knees buckle
Submission won't be your repertoire
 
Dear girl,
They will lick away your sentiments
Grind away your resolve, cast aside your emotion
But they'll never find your heart
 
These hearts buried deep in memories
Locked in mother's womb
Guarded by childhood tears
 
Dear girl,
March proudly into battle
Because this ain't game they spitting
This be civil war
 
They'll use civility as a pawn
They'll call you pretty to disarm you
They'll throw love to harm you
 
Dear girl,
Never battle yourself for love
Don't watch the joy dim from your eyes
Why surrender your smile to arrive on their shore?
 
Remember your arrival here was bloody
These warriors scream your birth song
They must take you as you are.

© Viviann "True" Rodriguez. Published by permission in Centro Voices on 11 April 2015.