Thank you all for sharing poetry with me and providing me with positive encouragement.

If I were a girl
I'll wake up each day
I'll tell myself to go and learn at school
No fancy mini-skirts, No acting cool as a fool
I'll play it safe with a boy
Simple jokes and simple joys
I’ll stand-up for only love and equality
Not for some stupid momentary flattery
These silly lines inspire only immorality

If I were a girl
I think you would understand
How it feels to be constantly disrespected
Treated as a feminine reject even if an intellect
Thought off often as a sexual object or project
I swear I’d be a much tougher woman
I'll take out my dustpan, Let everyone
Start slowly again from where it all began

But I’m just a girl
It feels like a pitiful spell
To be forever taken for granted
Whether I’m multi-skilled or talented

If I were a girl
There will be no wedding bells
Until I'm completely educated as well
I'll always take care of me
I'll always hold onto dreams
And any boy who says he loves me
Will have to work with me as a team

But I’m just a girl
And I don’t want a life of hell
I want to play with cars and not just dolls
And besides a boy I always want to be an equal

Copyright 2008 - Sylvia Chidi

Discrimination infects
Correct me if you can on this aspect
But please don't disrespect my intellect
In all retrospect your soft words affect
The pain you set out to inject
Have an absolute side effect

I hear the stereotype sound effect!
It is the reaction to an age or skin colour effect

Discrimination infects everyone direct or indirect
The words you don't say show utter disrespect
Why do you allow your thoughts to misdirect?
Discrimination from you is not what I expect
I know my life is not obviously perfect
But I am no object of social functional defect

You critically judge me while standing erect
I am your negative subject that you love to select

Discrimination affects
I am an intelligent and beautiful project
But every single day, my ego is one I must protect
Friends and lovers I must carefully select
I constantly have to question and reflect
Each day I am made the number one suspect

Discrimination is one we must dissect
Discrimination is one we must all eject and reject

Discrimination affects everyone direct or indirect
A typical conventional behaviour is what people expect
Today culture is so diverse that we can all connect
But what is ethnic behaviour?
But what is gay behaviour?
But what is disabled personality?
But what is religious personality?
But what is age personality and behaviour?

Discrimination - who is the architect?
For those that show ignorant and unintelligent neglect
Inspect your morals on discrimination and learn to respect
Correct me if I am incorrect
Discrimination infects and affects everyone direct or indirect

(2019) - Lovina Sylvia Chidi
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