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She was not born a boy

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She was not born a boy

She was not born a boy...

Afroze Ali


Born to live, alive and kicking
Yet, there was no rejoicing
The little bundle was not a joy
For she was not born a boy
Gagged and choked quickly done
They couldn’t handle another one
Muffled, muted, stifled forever
Silenced by the ones held most dear
She wailed and moaned for her life 
But no one heard the sound of her cry

(In some parts of India female infants are killed by their own family members particularly in the poor and rural areas as a girl child is considered to be a burden. This poem is for them and their cries which often go unheard.)


  For   Michael J. Falotico's
contest "Sounds Of a Cry"

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  1. Date: 8/4/2011 10:44:00 AM
    What a powerful message. Well done

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 10:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Michael's "Sound Of A Cry" contest Afroze. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 6:14:00 AM
    Congrats on your win Afroze, Very well written..!!!!

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 4:02:00 AM
    hey Afroze, congrats on your win and well said, David

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 12:33:00 AM
    Afroze, I don't know what place this got, but wow, it deserved a high one, that is for sure. An IMPORTANT poem as well as an interesting one with great description. Congrats are in order, I surmise. I have heard of this horrible custom in the countryside of INdia. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 7:17:00 PM
    So very sad. I would have placed this one at the very top. Well done. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 6:27:00 PM
    Congrats Afroze on your exciting win in the contest with this prolific profound poetry luv..

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 4:35:00 AM
    a very disturbing subject, ,neverthe less needs writing about, a very good write, a voice in the dark, can bring change . well done

    Ali Avatar Afroze Ali
    Date: 8/3/2011 4:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, this is an issue i strongly feel about.