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Girl Rising

Based on a true story from a television documentary on Human international crime with participants from a broad spectrum of society...occuring on a daily basis. I have only seen documentaries on the trafficking of young girls between the ages of 5 and above!! Law enforcers, it seems are fighting a losing battle against the men and women who sell and enslave young girls and I have no doubt, young boys as well.

Somewhere this day on planet earth
A Mother-to-be, while in labor, cries
Not so much for the mounting pain
Nor the fear of possible death
So many fears for the future…
“What lies ahead in the coming years?
What “fate” will meet my child?”
And added to all her heightened fears is…
Will she be there to protect her child?

Those dark years have now passed into decades
When Tanya walked the shadowy streets of the city at late night 
While kids her age slept peacefully in their beds
They made her dress up so she’d looked twenty one
Days were spent locked in a room, under watchful eyes
She was fed cheap fast food to her young heart’s content
Soon she'd lose all hope of liberation
This was the second man she had been sold to
And after a while she’d adapt to the situation 

Still fresh in her mind was that last day at school
In her backpack was her favorite teddy bear
Her Mother had chosen to believe her step-father again
Now that her twelfth birthday would be in a month 
As no one cared, she decided to run away
While at the bus station she met this “nice” couple
Who listened to every word she spoke
They promised her a ride to any place she wished
And she’d always wanted to see Disney land

“Maybe, she thought, it’d be a birthday treat”
 However, that would be another promise broken 
Weeks dragged on and they bought her “stuff” 
Although treated well, sometimes she still felt alone
Then one day came the grown up clothes and make up
That night her innocence was stolen once more
Later she’d try to make an escape
Only to be caught and tied to the bed post
‘Make it easy on yourself and accept your “fate”, she was told

That was years ago, although it seems like yesterday,
When arrested by a new officer on the vice squad
Who saw the flaw in the picture before him
The pimp gave no reasonable answer to the simple question
‘Why are you parked late at night on the street corner with a minor?’
Looking back over the years, she came to conclude that “Fate” is just another word, made up to cast aside blame; when we do not want to see the path we’ve chosen which has led us to our present state
When Pilate symbolically washed his hands, though he had power in that moment to act..
When there before him stood truth and innocence, 
Yet, he chose to make a comfortable bed for his conscience

Today, Tanya is a college graduate and a Mother who has vowed not to leave anything to “fate”. She’d teach her children to take responsibility for the choices they make… 
She would teach them that no one is of lesser value than another..
 Male or female; black or white, all hues; rich or poor 
All have a God given right to live free!
For:  Richard's "Girl Rising" Contest

(3rd Place Win)

Copyright © Annalise a.k.a. Audrey Haick

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  1. Date: 11/9/2014 2:04:00 PM
    Reading this moving write again, my dear friend. Hope you are both well. Your Xmas/birthday presents should start appearing soon xxx

  1. Date: 11/10/2013 11:40:00 AM
    I hadn't read all the entries to this contest. Very profoundly true and vivid. I know this is a problem of great magnitude in our cities. Wonder how many never make it out

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Wow Annalise....this is so moving and touching, you told this girl's story with so much respect and feeling. Excellent! Big congrats. Hugs

  1. Date: 8/7/2013 4:53:00 PM
    wow, awesome write, Annalise - so sad but I'm glad there was a happy ending for this lady. Very glad to see this was a winner

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 5:23:00 PM
    Congratulations... well done....

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 2:39:00 PM
    wonderful way to do this contest. It is a terrible plight for these young women. Glad to see this on the winners list and congrats to you.

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 7:15:00 AM
    Congratulations and thanks for entering my contest. This is an excellent heart wrenching piece.

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 5:14:00 AM
    Excellent entry into the girl riding contest, good luck, yes this is true and rampant within the world, I have seen many documents on this, other child abuse yes the specialist services are fighting a losing battle,, worst of all is family betrayal, great write and an issue that needs to be brought to all attentions, blessings sueellen

    Newman Avatar Sue-Ellen Newman
    Date: 8/6/2013 5:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry that's girl rising why does spell check change my words all the time, it's a pain
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  1. Date: 8/4/2013 7:50:00 PM
    Just simply amen......

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 5:46:00 AM
    This I thought was such a moving piece.The footnote just adds to the forcefullness of this one Annalise.

  1. Date: 8/3/2013 6:57:00 PM
    I am floored with this piece. One of your best ever.