This is a poem I wrote for our school group. It compares the life of Amelia, a girl in a 1st world country to the life of an unnamed girl in Mali, Africa.
Happy 3rd birthday Amelia!
All to worry of—-dresses, frilly pink things
Long summers roaming about
Fireflies in the evening
Childhood, a sweet white ribbon of
Happy 6th birthday Amelia!
1st grade is finally here!
Run, laugh, play
Make companions, more friends
Leave a pleasant trail of
Happy 12th Birthday Amelia!
Endeavor into the unknown
Lockers, gym, freedom!
Boys, dramas, fighting, cliques
Sometimes, only sometimes, a girl feels
Happy 16th Birthday Amelia!
Turns out middle school wasn’t too hard
High school is a bit more challenging
Some things catch a girl off guard
Clothing has to be right, just
Much to worry of
Water, clothing, diseases
Problems are not far away
For now, only the parents worry
But yet, it slips away-
Malaria net from the US
Promises of more food, no marriage
Yet ever backwards, we retrogress
So hungry, no more food, possible
The family is sick, hungry, poor
But he is not. He has money
Now it’s time for marriage
In a few years, maybe months-
Things are not so great.
One child, another on the way
From the age of 12, innocence taken
Slipped away in the violent tides
Maya is currently a fun-sized sophomore in high school, who loves martial arts, church, food, writing, music, and tons of other stuff. She is president of Youth Education Society at her high school, and hopes to publish a novel by her junior year.