“A survey of girls in Zimbabwean junior schools in 2000 reported by Amnesty International found 92 per cent had been sexually propositioned by an older man on their way to school, and half of them had experienced unsolicited sexual contact by strangers. Factors such as these mean that, simply by virtue of being born female, millions of children across the world are denied their right to an education. In fact, according to the charity Childline, in South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read.”—
Another sheet of bad news arrives at my door You are covered in colours and pretty designs You dont fool me and your sweetened cover Makes me hate you more
It has been said and its been promised; The hard roads have gone You dont have to keep crawling in the mud Its all uphill from here Dont lose hope For these broken promises no one could ever keep Ill hate you more.
Theres one thing I know, I know a thing or two about pain I have lost and been forgotten I know a thing or two about pain
Theres a deep ache on my left side Just below my left breast Slightly central, slightly crooked Deep behind the veil of my ribs Its hidden, its hurting
One day you’ll ask, so one day I’ll say Ive walked a long way to get from there to here It was long and it was hot but it was frozen I lost my shoes and the stones beneath my feet were glass I’ll tell you my flesh carries these marks Because sometimes I slipped and fell
My flesh flushes hot and cold My limbs throb in agony I know I can bleed, I know I can burn But beneath your touch I turn to stone
This lusting goes to waste as I go numb It must feel strange to observe a statue setting I hate what I cannot feel Less real then a dream, I disappear
Ill hide in that tiny corner of your eye Where forever and never almost touch Ill wait there and see the world from my secret perch My eyes will dance with joy at your beauty And weep with your sadness From here I’ll fill your ears and your eyes with happiness
Ill fall deeper and deeper into the stretching vastness of emptiness And let you draw me into your shining world of words and of song You wont know why, but your words will begin to sparkle Ill shower them with stars as they roll from your tongue Together we will cast our spell upon the world
Ill hide just for a while Just till the hate is gone Maybe when the love returns Ill let you cry me from your eyes And I’ll dream myself back into being
Another hurt, another end Another stab in the dark, another song to burn Another heartbreak, another loss
For wrapping these cruel things in such pretty papers Ill hate you more.
I am still holding this secret inside Its breaking and crumbling, rotting away I think sometimes it almost fades Till it finds some new thread to seep And launch itself once more upon my mind
Sometimes it seems less real Sometimes it could all just have been a dream Something pretend, less then whole
Dramatic leaps of a pain I cannot name shoot from someplace deep inside It could be that there is a part of you still hiding in me If only I could find where you are concealed Anything to be rid of you, to be free
I wake to find myself trapped inside a cage built of less sacred things then should exist Its stinging my edges and piercing my frame
Worlds screams at me from the outside Till I retreat further within Building walls thicker then oceans And stronger then stone I am keeping them out By trapping me in.
Ill see your touch through a glass window And wish I could feel your warmth Ill yell louder and press harder I want you to hear me, I want you to feel me
We will lie together under the stars Because we knew we would We will lie together as the light streams through Because we knew we could
This haunting constant reminder These walls that kept me safe They keep me hidden, keep you away I want to let go, I want to be free
I wonder if I broke into a thousand pieces If the cracks would then show If the light could then glow Break me first then piece me back together
Mend the pieces but leave out the cracks Dont let the dark get in Keep the pains and the hurts out of the glue Dont use broken nails Heal me like new, heal me like fresh
I long to be free, I need to break free
One day I will find you, One day I will be free.
I’ll keep walking in a dream Look to the skies and wish on the stars
To all of my followers, you may have heard this in the news, but Queensland here in Australia is suffering massive devastation after floods have tore through most of the state. So many people have died and those who have survived have come back to see their houses or businesses or families destroyed. Please donate what you can to help us survive: www.qld.gov.au/floods